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The baseball world the L.A. "Browns" would have created

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Great story on the near-move of the St. Louis Browns (now the Baltimore Orioles) to L.A. after the 1941 season. The move was pretty much a done deal and the AL owners would have rubber-stamped it in a meeting scheduled for Dec. 8, 1941. Well, something happened on Dec. 7, 1941, the meeting was canceled, the country had to deal with that pesky little thing called World War II, and the Browns stayed in St. Louis for 12 more years.

The writer speculates how team relocations and expansion would have happened with a team already in L.A. through the 1940s and '50s. Among the more interesting results include teams like the Dallas Dodgers, San Francisco Athletics and Minnesota Giants.

I heard about this almost-move a few years ago and always speculated about what would have happened later. For one thing, the author has the 1942 L.A. team retaining the Browns name, but I personally think they would changed it to one of the PCL nicknames, Angels or Stars, and the NL expansion team that came later in the story would have taken the other one.

Still, it's fun to think of the possibility of a Southern California landscape where the Angels possibly have an 80-year history and no Dodgers team.

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