From Jacob Gallagher at the Wall Street Journal on October 1, 2019, with mention of SABR members John McMurray and John Thorn:
The Major League Baseball season is notoriously endless, with the playoffs still unfolding in chilly late autumn. I pity those shivering relief pitchers and resting batters in New York City and St. Louis, all bundled up in hoodies and fleece zip-ups, biding their time. But, as John Thorn, the official historian for Major League Baseball, explained, professional baseball seasons have always been this long.
Amateur seasons in the 1850s and ’60s could go even longer, extending past Thanksgiving. Layering outerwear over one’s uniform is hardly a new solution.
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Originally published: October 2, 2019. Last Updated: October 2, 2019.