Looking back at the impact of the 1994 Major League Baseball strike
The 1994 World Series was called off, replacement players filled spring training rosters in 1995, and attendance dipped for a decade. No one wants another strike.
Former Dodgers pitcher Orel Hershiser talks about the events leading up to the 1994 baseball strike when the season abruptly ended.
The talent-laden Montreal Expos were 74-40 and in first place when the strike took place. Ownership slashed payroll the next year and the team never recovered.
The strike brought a merciful end to an aimless Angels’ season, but the team flourished in 1995 until collapsing down the stretch and losing a one-game playoff.
Six weeks of replacement-player ball during 1995 spring was a hoot for participants, an embarrassment to coaches, and a gold mine for baseball writers.
Tony Gwynn had a realistic chance of batting .400 and Matt Williams was on pace to reach 60 home runs in 1994 when the players’ strike ended the season Aug. 11.
Erin States was 10 when she held up signs at the Oakland Coliseum that captured the desperation fans felt 25 years ago. Today she’s not much of a fan.