Note: I’m on vacation until the end of the week, so I won’t really have the time to do the regular blog postings. But to keep you all interested – and to continue to introduce any new readers to some of the Wezen-Ball archives (not to mention to re-introduce Google to the new URL of some of my more popular posts) – I’ve decided to fill the time by Archive Diving. I wish I could give you better, more up-to-the-minute content, but I just can’t promise that. I’ll try to check in. I hope you find something worth (re-)reading in the meantime.
Here we are, getting ready to wrap up the 2009 regular season. Forty years ago today, the 1969 season was in its final weekend of the year and four franchises were wrapping up their inaugural year: the Seattle Pilots, the Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres, and the Montreal Expos. It was the biggest single year of expansion in baseball history, and it helped spread Major League Baseball to new corners of the country.
Of course, the Pilots lasted only one year and the Expos were never able to fully take hold of the Montreal-area, but it was impossible to know that that year. Instead, it was a time for hope and excitement in these four cities.
To celebrate that hope and excitement, I decided to take a brief look back at what has happened to those four teams in the ensuing years. What kind of success did they achieve, and how long did it take before that happened? Who have been their most memorable players? It’s actually a pretty interesting group of teams that were born that year, and many of them were incredibly competitive very quickly. I guess it just happens sometimes.