The Continental League
New Proposed Baseball League
Reasons For Baseball Expansion
- The postwar US was affluent, with plenty of money to spend on leisure activities
- The successful move of the Braves to Milwaukee showed baseball owners that there was money to be made in new markets.
- The advent of air travel made it practical to have franchises in the West.
- Congress was pressuring Baseball to expand, threatening to take away the treasured antitrust exemption if something was not done.
The Continental League in January 1960
City /Leader/ Admission to Majors
New York/ William Shea /1962 (Mets)
Houston /1962 (Colt 45s)
Toronto/ Jack Kent Cooke/ 1977 (Blue Jays)
Denver/ Robert Howsam/ 1993 (Rockies)
Minneapolis -St. Paul/ 1961 (Twins)
Dallas-Fort Worth /1971 (Rangers)
Atlanta /1966 (Braves)