This Day In Sports History (April 2nd) — MLB Players Strike

It was on this day in 1995 that the Major League Baseball players’ strike officially came to an end.  The strike lasted 232 days and was responsible for the cancellation of over 900 games.

The strike began on August 12th 1994 due to the fact that the owners wanted a salary cap to protect the small-market teams from bankruptcy.  The Major League Baseball Players Association wanted no part of a salary cap and the fact that there was no official commissioner at the time meant that a strike was inevitable.

The strike cancelled the remaining 1994 schedule, including playoffs and the World Series.  It would mark the first time since 1904 that the World Series did not take place.  This strike also meant that Major League Baseball would become the first professional sport to cancel an entire postseason due to a labor dispute.

Here is a look back at some fan reactions to the strike.

Notable Birthdays

Don Sutton, MLB – Born April 2nd 1945 (age 69) in Clio, Alabama

Bill Romanowski, NFL – Born April 2nd 1966 (age 48) in Vernon, Connecticut

Rory Sabbatini, PGA – Born April 2nd 1976 (age 38) in Durban, South Africa

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