Petriello: The L.A. Browns? How one day in 1941 changed MLB

From Mike Petriello at on May 16, 2020:

In the second week of the final month of 1941, the owners of the Major League ballclubs convened at the Palmer House in Chicago for the Winter Meetings. Among other business, they were expected to take a vote that would completely remake the continental footprint of Major League Baseball and change the course of sports history.

The St. Louis Browns were seeking approval to head west to Los Angeles.

The long-struggling Browns — the team you know today as the Baltimore Orioles — had given up on Missouri. Unable to compete in the American League on the field or with the rival Cardinals off of it, Browns ownership had decided to move the team to Los Angeles for the 1942 season, becoming the first major American professional sports franchise on the West Coast.

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Originally published: May 18, 2020. Last Updated: May 18, 2020.