BASEBALL’S LOST TRADITION: Two Eight-Team League is a chronological history of the turmoil and consequences involved in baseball’s first self-imposed expansion for the 1961 and 1962 seasons- the problems encountered in forming two ten-team leagues, and the struggles players faced as Major League Baseball replaced the traditional two eight-team leagues.
Author Eric Thompson reveals obscure facts regarding baseball’s first self-imposed expansion? For example, which teams were the original expansion teams? Did the American League expansion draft and National League expansion draft use the same format for selections? What did major league baseball promise the Continental League? Was the promise fulfilled? Which league first announced their expansion? Did the American League and the National League expand during the same year? These questions and many more are answered in BASEBALL’S LOST TRADITION: Two Eight-Team Leagues.
In the second half of the book Thompson moves beyond the facts and weaves a compelling story with two eight-team leagues playing a traditional 154-game schedule in the fictional Adirondack Valley League. In the style of “The Natural” and “A League of Their Own” Thompson weaves facts with fiction and presents player transactions and plausible, detailed statistics are presented for the 1961 and 1962 seasons as if expansion had never taken place.
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