Mains: Baseball amid a virus with no vaccine and no cure

From SABR member Rob Mains at Baseball Prospectus on April 17, 2020:

A virus was unpredictably sweeping across the nation in waves. Panicked localities shut down public gatherings to try to contain its spread. But spread it did, overburdening the healthcare delivery system, particularly regarding devices to help breathing.

Welcome to April 18, 1950, Opening Day 70 years ago.

The previous year, 1949, had seen the most widespread polio outbreak in the nation’s history. There were 42,033 cases recorded, the most ever, causing 2,720 deaths, second only to the all-time of 7,130 in 1916. It was, unlike seasonal influenza, a disease where the transmission peaked in warm months and declined in cold months. So the 1950 season started with a fear of another large outbreak.

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Originally published: April 17, 2020. Last Updated: April 17, 2020.