Sixty-game legends scattered throughout history
But while the 2020 season is scheduled for only 60 games, the short season could provide more than its share of history.
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One would have to go back almost 150 years to find a season as short as the 2020 campaign. The National League in 1877 and 1878 – the Senior Circuit’s second and third campaigns – saw each of the circuit’s six teams play each other 12 times.
But in the longer seasons since then, big league ballplayers have provided fans with numerous herculean efforts over 60-game stretches, including many produced by future members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bill Francis is the senior research and writing specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum