There existed a Bahamas Athletic Association prior to the BAAA. In fact it is believed that organized athletics had its beginning in The Bahamas from the late nineteenth century.
Charley Major, a world class High jumper moved to New York City in 1917 moved to New York City and excelled at various competitions some ten years later, namely the AAU(Amateur Athletic Union) and the Milrose Games.
Major captured the Milrose Games title in 1927 at the Madison Square Gardens with a height of 6’5-5/8”, just 0-5/8” under the meet record. For that he was voted the third most outstanding athlete of the Games.
A few weeks later Major would win the AAU title.
In 1929 he jumped 6’7-1/2” at an Outdoor meet in New York City, which would remain a Bahamian national record for more than forty years.