#Shortstops: Two Guys Talkin’ Sports
The first thought was to resume the season with the teams’ won-loss records intact, but the owners soon decided to create a split season. As they saw it, the long hiatus warranted a fresh start that might raise interest among all the clubs. In particular, the fresh start sought to engage the fans of teams that would otherwise have little chance of catching up. Under the new plan, the division winners of the first half-season would contend against the eventual second half-season champions. The split season also permitted an additional round of playoffs and a bump in television revenue.
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For Bill Gallo, cartoonist for the New York Daily News, the details were so complicated that not even Albert Einstein could understand them, although MLB Players Association president Marvin Miller clearly did. To illustrate his criticism, Gallo drew “Two Guys Talkin’ Sports,” with Miller as the teacher and Einstein the befuddled student. Should anyone fail to recognize the two icons, Gallo helpfully identified them, “Marv” and “Al.”
John Odell is the curator of history and research at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum