On December 17, 1903, American League owners meet in Chicago, where they decide to institute a 154-game regular season schedule. The 154-game docket will remain in effect until 1961, when the AL expands from eight to 10 teams and introduces a 162-game season.
Houston owner Judge Roy Hofheinz votes along with the rest of the National League to allow the American League to conduct a three-year experiment using the Designated Hitter. It will be the first time since the A.L. was formed in 1901 that the two major leagues would have a different set of rules. The gimmick has survived ever since and is now used by National League teams when involved in interleague play.
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