The idea of switching the San Francisco Giants to Toronto disturbs baseball traditionalists, who like things to stay put—even though in the Giants' case it was the fans staying put at home instead of in the ball park that forced the issue. The trouble is, the traditionalists are thinking of the Golden Age, 1903-1952, when the two major leagues had teams in the same eight cities year after year for 50 years. But since the Braves broke the log jam by jumping from Boston to Milwaukee in 1953, the tradition of baseball has been to move. Indeed, the last three seasons, 1973-74-75, during which no new franchises were added and no old ones transferred, tied a record for constancy; only once before since 1953 have the majors gone three consecutive seasons without change. In fact, assuming the switch to Toronto is official, the big leagues can be divided into seven categories of mobility:
Original Clubs, Unmoved: (10) Boston, Cleveland, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati, Detroit, New York Yankees, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis.
Original Clubs, Moved Once: (3) Baltimore ( St. Louis), Los Angeles ( Brooklyn), Minnesota ( Washington).
Original Clubs, Moved Twice: (3) Atlanta ( Boston, Milwaukee), Oakland ( Philadelphia, Kansas City), Toronto ( New York, San Francisco).
Old New Clubs, Unmoved: (3) California, Houston, New York Mets.
Old New Clubs, Moved Once: (1) Texas ( Washington).
New New Clubs, Unmoved: (3) Kansas City, Montreal, San Diego.
New New Clubs, Moved Once: (1) Milwaukee ( Seattle).
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