Figure 4. MLB Teams, 1884–1904, Sorted by Year. Each Year Sorted by Four Man Use %

Figure 4. MLB Teams, 1884–1904, Sorted by Year. Each Year Sorted by Four Man Use %. Includes the Western League, 1899 and the American League, 1900. The gradual rise of four-man use shows few teams willing to commit. Despite a spike in four-man use in 1906, the form was abandoned until 1918. During this time, the best examples of four-man use exist in the minors, such as the Pacific Coast League and the International League. (FRANK VACCARO)

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