Baseball Postponing Games Through Sun.


Thursday, September 13th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


NEW YORK (AP) _ Major league baseball will postpone all games through Sunday, two team owners told The Associated Press.

The sport intends to resume play the following day, the owners said, speaking on the condition they not be identified.

Since Tuesday's attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, baseball has wiped out six days of play. The latest decision will raise the total of postponed games to 91, the most since World War I caused nearly the entire final month of the 1918 season to be canceled.

Baseball intends to make up all the games by extending the regular season, which had been scheduled to end Sept. 30. The games will be rescheduled for the week of Oct. 1.

That would lead to the possibility of the World Series, long known as the October Classic, producing its first Mr. November. It originally had been scheduled to end Oct. 28.

It also means that Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn could finish their Hall of Fame careers at home instead of on the road. Ripken and the Baltimore Orioles were to end the season at Yankee Stadium, while Gwynn and the San Diego Padres were set to finish in San Francisco.

Two teams had already started traveling to the cities where they were to play Friday. The Pittsburgh Pirates left their ballpark in buses at 11:15 a.m. EDT Thursday to travel to Chicago, where they were to play the Cubs.

The Philadelphia Phillies worked out at Turner Field in Atlanta, then left at 1:30 p.m. in four buses headed for Cincinnati, where they were to play the Reds. After hearing the news, they changed routes and headed home to Philadelphia.