Doubleheader (baseball)

Doubleheader (Baseball)

Doubleheader (baseball)

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A doubleheader is a set of two baseball games played between the same two teams on the same day in front of the same crowd. (The term originated in the railroad industry; see Double-heading.)

Today, a doubleheader is generally the result of a prior game between the same two teams being postponed due to inclement weather or other factors. Most often the game is rescheduled for a day on which the two teams play each other again. Often it is within the same series, but in some cases, may be weeks or months after the original date. On rare occasions, the last game between two teams in that particular city is rained out, and a doubleheader may be scheduled at the other team's home park to replace the missed game.

There are two types of doubleheaders commonly scheduled: day-night (currently the most common) and twi-night doubleheaders.

The neologism single-game doubleheader is used for a game that lasts 18 or more innings.


In a day-night doubleheader, the first game is played in the early afternoon and the second is played at night; in this scenario, spectators must buy separate tickets to gain admittance to both games. Except in special circumstances by the approval of the MLBPA, such as a makeup game resulting from a rain-out, this is prohibited under terms of the 2002 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Elias Sports Bureau does not include this as a doubleheader for the sake of record books. These types of doubleheaders are favored by MLB clubs because they can...
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