1890. Yiddish, shpil play, game.
1870. German, spielen to play, from Old High German spilōn; akin to Old English spilian to revel.
And in case anyone doesn't need to stay serious about things, we can talk about how the "rules" of English don't make no dang sense, nohow, even when German had nothing to do with it.
Or we could just be making up the whole thing...