|dc.description.abstract||At the end of the first century of existence of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Kalamazoo College is among the leaders in MIAA championship's won. The Hornets, however, were not among the charter members of the MIAA, and, in fact, did not sponsor teams of any kind on a formal basis until 1892 -four years after the league was founded.
As far back as the l860s, there were athletic events on the Kalamazoo campus; a gymnasium club existed and exhibitions were given in various athletic skills. By 1879, an Athletic Association was iri operation, and intramural games arranged in various sports. Track and baseball were among the sports represented, but as an indication of future interest, it was reported that the bruising exhibition football contests were the
most popular with the spectators.||en