It’s not on the level of spiriting away an NFL franchise in the middle of the night to Indianapolis. Still, if we called Baltimore home, we’d be irked.
Per Jonathan Zalman‘s WSJ write-up, some baseball purists are questioning the decision by website Baseball-Reference to truncate the New York Yankees from some formative, 1901-02 Baltimore history. From Zalman’s piece:
“It’s certainly not a decision I [made] unilaterally,” said Baseball-Reference founder Sean Forman, who added that he relied on the consensus opinions of a number of experts of that time period in baseball, including Major League Baseball’s official historian John Thorn, author of Total Baseball, the last official MLB encyclopedia, and Gary Gillette, co-editor of ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia. The pronouncement is harmonious too with the opinion of the Elias Sports Bureau, the official statistician for MLB, as well as that of the Yankees.