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Sunday, May 17, 2020

The L.A. Browns? How one day in ‘41 changed MLB

The Browns were so certain they were moving that they had even set up a news conference in Los Angeles at Lyman’s Cafe. All they needed was for the official vote, which was expected to pass. The Browns would head west, more than 15 years before the Dodgers and Giants ended up doing so.

And so, the vote was scheduled. It was to take place in Chicago on the morning of Monday, Dec. 8, 1941. The news conference in Los Angeles was scheduled for 1 p.m. PT the same day. The Browns would triumphantly introduce themselves to Southern California. Major League Baseball would span coast to coast.

The vote did indeed take place. Each team voted against the move—including the Browns. If you know anything about American history, you know what had happened. The Browns would remain in St. Louis. Baseball wouldn’t arrive in California until 1958.

The night before, while Browns owners were at Comiskey Park in Chicago watching the NFL’s Bears beat the Cardinals, 34-24, and eagerly anticipating the next day’s presumed success, word reached the continental United States about the attack on Pearl Harbor, and America’s subsequent entry into World War II. Quickly realizing the timing clearly wasn’t right to move a team 1,800 miles west, Browns ownership reversed course on the plan. The Browns stayed in St. Louis for another dozen years, eventually moving to Baltimore following the 1953 season to become the Orioles.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 17, 2020 at 05:14 PM | 17 comment(s)
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