The History of Pennant Race Baseball

Before 1969 and the beginning of division play in baseball, real pennant races were a major part of the game.  Every single game during the regular season was played against a rival for the same pennant.  When teams weren’t spread out across two and three divisions there was a greater chance of finding 2 or more teams with enough equal talent to compete for the same pennnant.

During this off-season I will be taking a look back, describing the best pennant races in baseball history.  Since the period of 1947-1962 saw 4 post-season playoffs to determine who won the pennant, we will be looking at these years first.  As has been noted before, there were 3 main reasons that this period was so rich in  close pennant races.  First was the fact that all the games were played against rivals for the same pennant.  Second,  the number of teams per league was at an optimum.  Finally with the breaking of the color line by Jackie Robinson in 1947 and before the thinning of talent started by expansion,  these were the best years for competitive balance in the leagues.

So keep coming back and experience these races unfold before your eyes.

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