MLB owners approve interleague play

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On January 18, 1996, Major League Baseball owners unanimously approve interleague play for the 1997 season. The owners’ vote, which called for each team to play 15 or 16 interleague games, breaks a 126-year tradition of teams only playing games within their league during the regular season.

In defending the move, acting MLB commissioner Bud Selig told reporters: We have the greatest tradition in the world, but tradition shouldn’t be an albatross. This will be a tremendous success.” He added he wasn’t concerned if the World Series featured teams that had played each other during the regular season. 



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