Although baseball was America's favorite pastime in 1960, other popular sports included football, boxing and basketball. There were also Olympic sports such as high diving, pole vaulting, figure skating and alpine skiing. The Little League World Series and Indianapolis 500 gained popularity during the 1960s. In 1967, professional football witnessed the first Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs.
During the early part of the 1960s, baseball was dominated by the New York Yankees and this sport was the most popular of the decade. At the time, baseball was ruled by the pitcher, and players such as Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson dominated the sport. In the 1960s, the Green Bay Packers were the best team of the decade and won two Super Bowls. The Boston Celtics were the best professional basketball team during the 1960s and won 9 out of the 10 championships.
The world of heavyweight boxing was ruled by Muhammad Ali during the 1960s. During this period, emphasis was placed on race. and the sport of boxing, which Ali dominated, was prevalent in the media. The 1960s also witnessed the formation of the North American Soccer League, which sparked an interest in soccer in high schools and elementary schools.