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The Continentals

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Under the Department of What Might Have Been: Monday marked the fiftieth anniversary of the demise of the Continental League. The what? The Continental League is the reason that the Mets exist, as well as the Houston Astros (née Colt 45s), the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, the Minnesota Twins, and even the old and dreadful Washington Senators. In fact, it is safe to say that it was the Continental League that forced baseball to expand. That it did so haphazardly left the game vulnerable to being eclipsed in popularity by other sports, most especially, pro football. The Continental was to be a third major league, with franchises in New York and in seven cities that for years had failed to secure big league teams. That it was the brainchild of no less a baseball luminary than Branch Rickey made it credible in the eyes of the baseball press, and a threat in the view of the owners, who for fifty years had kept membership in their exclusive club limited to sixteen. Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/sportingscene/2010/08/the-continentals.html#entry-more#ixzz0xXXl699h

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