American Sporting Public's Longest Drought Without a Game From the Big 4 Has Ended
With the Yankees playing the Nationals on Thursday afternoon, it brought to an end the longest stetch without a game being played in one of the four primary North American sports since 1916-17, according to Stats, Inc.
It had been 133 consecutive days without a game being played by a team in MLB, the NFL, NBA and NHL.
In 1916-17 there was a 180-day drought from the end of the 1916 World Series and the 1917 season opener. The NBA, NFL and NHL did not exist back then.
In terms of Major League Baseball, the Yankee-Nationals game ended a string of 297 days without a regular-season game and 266 days without a regular-season or post-season game. They are the longest droughts since the first major league game was played in 1876.
The previous record was 256 days when the players went on strike in August of 1994 and a settlement was not reached until April of 1995.
All statistics are supplied by Stats, Inc.
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