Jesse Mills

Why the Expansion of 1969 saved the MLB

The NFL was growing exponentially while the MLB was lacking as "America's Past Time."

The four new franchises in the expansion included the Kansas City Royals, San Diego Padres, Seattle Pilots (Milwaukee Brewers ), and the Montreal Expos ( Washington Nationals).

Four new franchises brought a new curiosity interest from customers that, up until that time, were not able to go to MLB on a regular basis.

The expansion caused the MLB to bracket the teams into two separate divisions; The American League and the National League.

With the addition of 4 new teams, the amount of games played in the season jumped from 1,232 to 1,944.

The Expansion led to the explosion of other Professional Sports in America like hockey, and basketball.