1984 Rochester Red Wings ticket stub vs Baltimore Orioles
Do you see anything strange about this 1984 Rochester Red Wings ticket stub vs Baltimore Orioles? Focus on the date: May 17. The Orioles took a break from their official schedule and travelled to Rochester NY for a quick match between the youngsters and major leaguers.
I’ve always been fascinated that a MLB parent club would stop mid-season and travel to play an exhibition against one of its minor league affiliates.
Why risk the injury or travel mishaps?
Yet for at least 40 years major league teams did this, with the practice ending in the late 1990’s. Any exhibitions now are generally played a day or two before opening day.
I live in San Diego and the Padres will play an oddball opponent the day before the season begins if they’re opening at home. Past teams include Diablos Rojos from the Mexican League, the SDSU Aztecs, and the Chicago White Sox.
So keep an eye on your MLB team’s schedule just before the season opens, you just might find an unusual opponent playing in an unusual venue.
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