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Old 08-26-2019, 01:51 PM
md2000 is offline
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I think RickJay has it best - the major leagues started out in areas where there were huge populations to fill stadiums within reasonable travel distance in the days of rail travel. It expanded further once air travel became a reasonable way to get from place to place. After all, the MLB schedule is 160 games or so, and even playing a decent number of double headers that's a lot of game time, not leaving as much time for travel. A schedule where it took more than a day to get between cities was probably not feasible.

I also suspect by the time interest was peaking after WWI, radio was widespread enough that people in the south could follow northern games, so no competing southern league would be as popular?

Plus, I wonder how relevant weather was? It would be pretty hot sitting out in the sun in summer in the Good Old Days, worse in the south. Many teams now feature indoor venues with air conditioning.

Last edited by md2000; 08-26-2019 at 01:51 PM.