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Not only weather can stop baseball
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06/22/2002 9:34 pm ET 
Not only weather can stop baseball
By Bill Ladson /

Fans storm the field at Comiskey Park during Disco Demolition night on July 12, 1979. (Fred Jewell/AP)
On Saturday, the game between the Cardinals and Cubs was postponed because of the stunning death of Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile. This is not the first time that Major League Baseball games had to be put off because of circumstances that had nothing to do with the weather. Herewith are some examples of postponements that occurred in recent years.

• On Sept. 11, 2001, Major League Baseball postpones its scheduled games because of the tragic events in New York City, Washington D.C. and Somerset, Pa. Games were not played until September 18th. A total of 91 games were postponed and the 2001 regular season was extended until October 6.

• From July 18-20, 2001, the Baltimore Orioles had to postponed three games because of a train derailment near Camden Yards. The train was carrying hazardous materials and the games were postponed when "Black smoke billowed above Oriole Park," according to The Associated Press.

• On April 12, 2001, the game between the Royals and Blue Jays at SkyDome had to be called off because a routine test caused two of the three panels on the roof to collide. It was the first time in history that a game had to be postponed at SkyDome. No one was hurt that day.

• Two games between the Yankees and Angels had to be postponed in April of 1998 because a 500-pound support beam fell in Yankee Stadium. The Yankees and Angels were forced to play their third game at Shea Stadium in Flushing, N.Y.

• In July of 1994, two games between the Mariners and Orioles were postponed because four 15-pound ceiling tiles crashed into the stands at the Kingdome in Seattle. The Mariners played the rest of their games on the road.

• The Montreal Expos were forced to play the rest of their games on the road because a huge cement beam collapsed at Olympic Stadium on Sept. 13, 1991.

• On Oct. 12, 1989, the third game of the 1989 World Series between the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants was postponed because of a 7.1 earthquake that hits the Bay Area. Game 3 would not be played until 12 days later.

• On July 12, 1979, the Chicago White Sox had to forfeit the second game of the doubleheader against the Tigers because thousands of fans cluttered the field on Disco Demolition Night.

Bill Ladson is an editor/producer for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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