Why does Chicago have two MLB baseball teams?
I just realized it this morning.
Back in the early 1900s when the American League and National League were just getting started, most of the cities that had major league teams had both an AL team and an NL team. There were no major league teams west or south of St. Louis.
Back then you had
Boston Red Sox in the AL
Boston Braves in the NL
New York Yankees in the AL
New York Giants in the NL
Brooklyn Dodgers in the NL
Philadephia Phillies in the NL
Philadelphia A's in the AL
Chicago Cubs in the NL
Chicago White Sox in the AL
St. Louis Cardinals in the NL
St. Louis Browns in the AL
Back then the teams traveled by train. There were no commercial airlines that could fly teams across the country. It took too long to travel by train from New York to the west coast. The only way to have 16 major league teams was to double up in the big cities.
With the advent of commercial airlines, in the 1950s, the major leagues started expanding westward. The Boston Braves moved to Milwaukee. The New York Giants moved to San Francisco. The Brooklyn Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. The Philadelphia A's moved to Kansas City. The St. Louis Browns moved east to Baltimore.
For some reason, neither of the Chicago teams ever decided to move.
To make more money.
Most big cities have a team for each baseball league. The cubs are in the NL, and the White Sox are in the AL. It is mostly to make money.
Both teams get very good attendance (yes - the Sox average well over 30,000 - it is a myth that people do not go). We can, and do support two teams. Like NY, LA and the Bay area.
Plus - the Cubs suck every year. We need the Sox.
Same reason new york, the bay area, florida and LA does its for the money and even though the cubs lose and havent won a world series in 90 plus years the fans love them ( that why the cubs are called the lovable losers) and the white sox have always had fans and not to shock u but i know people who like both teams and support both. I like both but i like the cubs more. Hope that answers ur question its for money and since the cubs are for sale we will see if they remain in chicago
when you think of that, think about how many teams are in california =)
we get spoiled in baseball and football, always a game to go to
The Cubs are in the National League and White Sox in the American League. At the end of the season the best team in each league play each other in the World Series.
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