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Old 09-12-2001, 04:01 PM   #1
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Post Baseball games cancelled; sports world mourns attacks

Tuesday's terrorist attacks have completely shut down the sports world, as SC reported yesterday. I'm sure things are quiet on the SCMB because of no games being played, but I think it was a smart move to not play games. Especially in the areas affected by the attacks. It's going to take a while to let this heal, but we must move on or the terrorists have won. They want us to stop doing our regular life activities. We must not fall to their wishes. Do you feel the same way?

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Uncertainty after Tuesday's attacks could prevent Major League Baseball from completing its 162-game schedule for the first time since 1995, when teams played 144 games after a lockout. The interruption also ended the 1994 season in August.

The last postponement of games for reasons other than labor disputes, stadium problems or weather was after Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 8, 1968, which was to be Opening Day in three cities. All openers on April 9 were also postponed.

Later that summer, games were postponed in New York and Washington due to funeral services for Robert F. Kennedy in those cities. Other games were ordered to start only after the services had been held.

All regular-season games were postponed after the D-Day invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Exhibition games were cancelled on April 12, 1945, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt died.

All Games were also postponed on August 2, 1923, following the death of President Warren Harding.

Other than labor disputes, the last time that Major League Baseball was forced to endure a season that was not of full length was in 1918 due to World War I. Both leagues voted to cut the season short and ended play on Labor Day, Sept. 2. The World Series began on Sept. 5, between the Red Sox and Cubs.


That year, American League president Ban Johnson wanted to close down the season on July 21, after Secretary of War Newton D. Baker declared baseball a non-essential occupation, subjecting all players to the "work or fight" order issued by Provost Marshal General Enoch Crowder. That ruling sent many players to working in essential defense industries, such as shipyards. Later, Baker declared all players exempt from the draft ruling until Sept. 1.

On Jan. 15, 1942, President Roosevelt gave baseball the go-ahead to continue play after the U.S. entered World War II. "I honestly think it would be best for the country to keep baseball going," he wrote in his famous "green light" letter. Roosevelt also encouraged more night games to be played so war workers could attend.

However, New York police commissioner Lewis Valentine ruled the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants play during the day, for fear that lights at Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds could potentially aid Nazi submarines in the Atlantic Ocean near New York.
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Old 09-12-2001, 04:43 PM   #2
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The way I see it is that we need a few days to mourn, to let the wounds start to heal. But a few days is all we need. Then it is time to move on. Excessive mourning only makes things worse. And, as Marc pointed out, that is what the terrorists want. Hopefully, the government will wrap this up quickly, as they have already made some arrests.
We need to move on. Baseball and sports need to move on.
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Old 09-12-2001, 08:43 PM   #3
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....I think it was a smart move to not play games.
..not to mention that there were no commerical air flights, so teams could not get to their cities to play in!! (although this didn't affect MLB because Tuesday is never a travel day, but for any other sport.....)
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Old 09-13-2001, 02:15 AM   #4
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The decision to suspend the schedule and postpone some games was an appropriate one, in my opinion. To cancel the remainder of the season, as some have suggested, would allow the terrorists to truly win here. We need to show the world that terrorism will not stop us from enjoying our national pastime. The season must continue and we must have a World Series this season.
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Old 09-13-2001, 08:14 AM   #5
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...in response to your comments, catman, I heard yesterday that during WWII or at some point in time... I forget... but while the rest of the world seemed to shut down, the country was pulled together using its national pastime -- baseball... it never shut down.

Also, I don't think there'll be a question as to IF there'll be a World Series or not... the question is WHEN to resume the season.
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Old 09-13-2001, 03:57 PM   #6
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Well, no MLB til Monday. As much as I think that is too long, with everyone else taking the weekend off, I think it was the right thing to do. Selig said that they will play all 162 games, to ensure the races are intact. Also, players will wear American flags on the back of their jerseys for the remainder of the season.
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Old 09-14-2001, 01:24 AM   #7
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I'm glad to hear that baseball will be back Monday and that the postponed games will be rescheduled. Hopefully, all players will be able to get back to "business" and not have any other things to think about for the rest of the season but baseball.
Thanks to baseball and the rest of the sports entertainment industry for being a reasonable "distraction" for the rest of us in these times of trial and tribulation.
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I think you are right catman. The symbolosism of sports play resuming is wonderful. The fact that they are moving on, means we can start to move on. This unfortunate tragedy will not get us down!
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