Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The United Countries of Baseball

Pretty cool. Where do you live?


lisa :) said...

Too funny! If these were really countries the Cubs would represent China because just as cities coast-to-coast have their Chinatowns it's a safe bet that anywhere you go you'll find cells of Cubs fans too. (Of course that's probably also true with Yankees fans but I'm not gonna go there....)

Robby said...

There are still Cubs fans?

Chairman said...

What would be sweet is to have a number of these maps, one for each decade in baseball to see how fans in a territory evolve over time. For example, the Reds have had their territory shrink quite a bit over the past 15 years, not only because the Indians have improved since the mid-90's, but also the Braves and their success.

Similarly, you'd see effects due to minor league affiliation changes.

And back in the 50's and 60's, you'd see even deeper affiliations - a place like Oklahoma was prime Yankees territory. A certain #7 had something to do with that.

Greg said...

Chairmain, I was thinking the same thing about the Reds and their shrinking territory. According to this map, I was born on the border of Reds and Indians territory (Dayton, Ohio). However, from what I remember back in the late 80's and early 90's, it was all Cincy when it came to baseball fans.

Now, regarding the changing minor league affiliations, I hadn't thought about that. I guess that's why you're the Chairman and I'm still stuck working the copy machine.

Honestly, I'm surprised the White Sox territory is as big as it is. (But I do think that's a good thing. When it comes to choosing between the Sox and Cubs, I'm a fair weather fan.)

Kathy said...