NEW YORK (AP) Major league baseball postponed its entire schedule of 15 games last night following terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig made the decision about three-and-a-half hours after the attacks began in New York.
“In the interest of security and out of a sense of deep mourning for the national tragedy that has occurred today, all major league baseball games for (today) have been canceled,” Selig said in a statement yesterday.
Selig did not make any decisions about today”s games.
“I will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and make ongoing decisions accordingly,” Selig said. “My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the families and victims of this horrendous series of events.”
The minor leagues their regular seasons over postponed postseason games in all nine leagues that were to play yesterday.
“Out of respect to the families and friends of those people who lost their lives or were injured in today”s tragic events, we have postponed all playoff games scheduled for tonight in the United States,” Mike Moore said yesterday. Moore is president of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the governing body for the minors.
The International, Pacific Coast, Eastern, Southern, Texas, California, Florida State, Midwest and South Atlantic leagues were affected.
One of the minor league baseball teams, the Newark Bears, has a view of the lower Manhattan skyline, where smoke filled the air after the World Trade Center was destroyed.
Major League Soccer postponed all four games that had been scheduled for tonight.
In Columbus, the U.S. Women”s Cup doubleheader at Crew Stadium involving the United States against Japan and Germany vs. China was postponed.
The PGA Tour canceled tomorrow”s start of the World Golf Championship and two other tournaments.
Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said the American Express Championship in St. Louis, featuring Tiger Woods and top players from tours around the world, would begin Friday with 36 holes.
“This is a sad, sad day in America,” Woods said after playing a practice round, which he began about two hours before the initial attack on the World Trade Center.