Emoji Icon HistoryThe Soccer Ball
The soccer ball is a familiar emoji icon to most as it consists of a white and black inflated ball commonly associated with American soccer. This emoji icon was included in the first non standardized emoji launch by its original Japanese carriers. America integrated the utilization of emoji icons in the Apple iPhone iOS 2.2 launch as an unlockable feature. The original image of this emoji icon was changed during the iOS 5 / OSX 10.7 aesthetically and then updated again with the iOS 7 / OSX 10.9 when Apple decided to display emoji icons as character styles were typed.

Emoji Icon HistoryThe Basketball
The basketball emoji is an extremely popular emoji as the NBA (national basketball association) is recognized widely throughout America. Basketball is one of the nations most favorite past times. The basketball emoji was first introduced during the initial Japanese release of the non standardized emoji set. Apple later released this iconic emoji in the iPhone 2.2 iOS update but it was later changed during the iOS 5 / OSX 10.7 update.

Emoji Icon HistoryThe American Football
The American Football is an oblong shaped, dark pigskin ball that is meant to be kicked and thrown down a 160 yard field. The American Football is an iconic emoji and was first released in the Japanese non standardized emoji set. Apple began integrating emojis, like the American Football, during the 2.2 iOS iPhone update as an unlockable feature. This American emoji has only had its underlying code changed once during the iOS 5 / OSX 10.7 update.

Emoji Icon HistoryThe Baseball
The world wide recognizable white Baseball with red stitching first became an emoji during Japan’s original release of the non standardized emoji set. And like most other classic emoji icons, the Baseball joined the Apple iPhone database during the iOS 2.2 update in English speaking countries. The emoji’s underlying code has been changed twice since. The Baseball’s first coding alteration was during the iOS 5 / OSX 10.7 update and then again during the iOS 7 / OSX 10.9 update to que the emoji style when typing anything baseball related.

Emoji Icon HistoryThe Tennis Ball
The sport of tennis is played by two or four highly agile players whom raquet a small and fuzzy neon yellow ball from one side of the court to the other. As a sport once recognized in the olympic games, tennis and its iconic little yellow tennis ball can be recognized across the globe. Thus, naturally the Tennis Ball emoji was included in Japan’s first released of the non standardized emoji icon set. The Tennis Ball emoji was later introduced by Apple into the iPhone database during the iOS 2.2 update and has only had its underlying code altered once during the iOS 5 / OSX 10.7 update when emojis were fully integrated as an iPhone keyboard.

Emoji Icon HistoryThe Rugby Football
The Rugby Football and the American Football are noticeably different as the Rugby football is more oval shaped than the traditional American Football. Not to mention, the sport of Rugby was invented in England and American Football was invented in well, America. The Rugby Football emoji was not apart of the original iPhone emoji released and was first introduced during the Apple iPhone iOS 5 / OSX 10.7 update.

Emoji Icon HistoryThe Fishing Pole
The Fishing Pole emoji displays a traditional American fishing pole with a small fish attached to its line. This emoji is often utilized when iPhone users discuss fishing related topics, luck, success, or optimism as the symbol of the fish caught on a line is always the objective but rarely guaranteed. The fun Fishing Pole emoji was first introduced during the iOS 5 / OSX 10.7 update.

Emoji Icon HistoryThe Skis
Skiing is a world recognizable sport as it is included within the winter Olympics each year. Thus, whether or not you are a skiing spectator, recreational skier, downhill skier, water skier, or cross country skier, the Skis emoji will be easily noticeable for you. The Skis iconic emoji was first introduced during the Japanese non standardized emoji set release. It became apart of the Apple iPhone database during the 2.2 unlockable emoji set release. The Skis emoji has been altered once since, during the iOS 5 / OSX 10.7 iPhone update.

Emoji Icon HistoryThe Snowboarder
The Snowboarder emoji icon displays a person seemingly to be heading down hill on a snowboard at a relatively fast speed. This new emoji was not included in the Japanese release of the non standardized emoji set nor in the Apple iPhone release of the unlockable emoji set during the 2.2 iOS update. The Snowboarder emoji came well after the OSX / iOS 5 update as apart of the extended library of emojis.

Emoji Icon HistoryThe Race Horse
Horse racing is a sport that dates back to long before the 20th century. Thus, it was only natural for Apple to include the iconic Racehorse as one of its emojis within the extend library update that came out after the OSX / iOS 5 update. iPhone users have been extremely pleased with Apple’s extension of the emoji keyboard and the Race Horse emoji is one of the most popular emojis within the release.