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Written by Maury Brown   
Monday, 15 March 2010 20:50

MLBMajor League Baseball should see attendance exceed 3 billion in total attendance by the end of the year from 1901 when the American League and National League merged based on data provided by Major Leahie Baseball. To date, the American League has seen 1,423,467,406 while the National League saw attendance of 1,505,684,436 for the same period, for a Major League total of 2,929,151,842 from 1901 to 2009, just 70,848,158 short of 3 billion. Last season, which was the 5th highest attended on record, MLB saw total attendance of 73,367,659.

Below is the historical yearly attendance data based on Major League Baseball's Red and Green Books. For the uninitiated, the Red Book is the official record source for the American League and the Green Book is the official record source for the National League and is published each year for media purposes.

The Biz of Baseball is also providing the Major League total, as well as percentage of increase or decrease for each year, for each year.

THE BIZ OF BASEBALL HAS CREATED A STAND-ALONE PAGE FOR THIS DATA, AS WELL FOR FUTURE REFERENCE THAT CAN BE REFERCNED FROM THE "RESOURCES" SECTION

Select Read More to see yearly attendance data dating back to 1901 for the American League, National League, and Major League totals

Year AL NL ML Total % (+/-)
1901 1,683,584 1,920,031 3,603,615
1902 2,206,454 1,683,012 3,889,466 7.9%
1903 2,344,888 2,390,362 4,735,250 21.7%
1904 3,024,028 2,664,271 5,688,299 20.1%
1905 3,120,752 2,734,310 5,855,062 2.9%
1906 2,938,076 2,781,213 5,719,289 -2.3%
1907 3,398,764 2,640,220 6,038,984 5.6%
1908 3,611,366 3,512,108 7,123,474 18.0%
1909 3,739,570 3,496,420 7,235,990 1.6%
1910 3,270,689 3,494,544 6,765,233 -6.5%
1911 3,339,514 3,231,768 6,571,282 -2.9%
1912 3,263,631 2,735,759 5,999,390 -8.7%
1913 3,526,805 2,831,531 6,358,336 6.0%
1914 2,747,591 1,707,397 4,454,988 -29.9%
1915 2,434,684 2,430,142 4,864,826 9.2%
1916 3,451,885 3,051,634 6,503,519 33.7%
1917 2,858,858 2,361,136 5,219,994 -19.7%
1918 1,707,999 1,372,127 3,080,126 -41.0%
1919 3,654,236 2,878,203 6,532,439 112.1%
1920 5,084,300 4,036,575 9,120,875 39.6%
1921 4,620,328 3,986,984 8,607,312 -5.6%
1922 4,874,355 3,941,820 8,816,175 2.4%
1923 4,602,589 4,069,817 8,672,406 -1.6%
1924 5,255,439 4,340,644 9,596,083 10.7%
1925 5,186,851 4,353,704 9,540,555 -0.6%
1926 4,912,583 4,920,399 9,832,982 3.1%
1927 4,612,951 5,309,917 9,922,868 0.9%
1928 4,221,188 4,881,097 9,102,285 -8.3%
1929 4,662,470 4,925,713 9,588,183 5.3%
1930 4,685,730 5,446,532 10,132,262 5.7%
1931 3,883,292 4,583,815 8,467,107 -16.4%
1932 3,133,232 3,841,334 6,974,566 -17.6%
1933 2,926,210 3,162,821 6,089,031 -12.7%
1934 2,763,606 3,200,105 5,963,711 -2.1%
1935 3,688,007 3,657,309 7,345,316 23.2%
1936 4,178,922 3,903,691 8,082,613 10.0%
1937 4,735,835 4,204,228 8,940,063 10.6%
1938 4,445,684 4,560,837 9,006,521 0.7%
1939 4,270,602 4,707,177 8,977,779 -0.3%
1940 5,433,791 4,389,693 9,823,484 9.4%
1941 4,911,956 4,777,647 9,689,603 -1.4%
1942 4,200,216 4,353,353 8,553,569 -11.7%
1943 3,696,559 3,769,342 7,465,901 -12.7%
1944 4,798,158 3,974,588 8,772,746 17.5%
1945 5,580,420 5,260,703 10,841,123 23.6%
1946 9,621,182 8,902,107 18,523,289 70.9%
1947 9,486,069 10,388,470 19,874,539 7.3%
1948 11,150,099 9,770,743 20,920,842 5.3%
1949 10,730,647 9,484,718 20,215,365 -3.4%
1950 9,142,361 8,320,616 17,462,977 -13.6%
1951 8,882,674 7,244,002 16,126,676 -7.7%
1952 8,293,896 6,339,148 14,633,044 -9.3%
1953 6,964,076 7,419,721 14,383,797 -1.7%
1954 7,922,364 8,013,519 15,935,883 10.8%
1955 8,942,971 7,674,412 16,617,383 4.3%
1956 7,893,683 8,994,525 16,888,208 1.6%
1957 8,196,218 8,819,601 17,015,819 0.8%
1958 7,296,034 10,164,596 17,460,630 2.6%
1959 9,149,454 9,994,525 19,143,979 9.6%
1960 9,226,526 10,684,963 19,911,489 4.0%
1961 10,163,016 8,731,502 18,894,518 -5.1%
1962 10,015,056 11,360,159 21,375,215 13.1%
1963 9,094,487 11,382,227 20,476,714 -4.2%
1964 9,235,151 12,045,190 21,280,341 3.9%
1965 8,860,764 13,581,136 22,441,900 5.5%
1966 10,166,738 15,051,471 25,218,209 12.4%
1967 11,336,923 12,971,430 24,308,353 -3.6%
1968 11,317,387 11,758,358 23,075,745 -5.1%
1969 12,134,745 15,094,946 27,229,691 18.0%
1970 12,085,135 16,662,198 28,747,333 5.6%
1971 11,868,560 17,324,857 29,193,417 1.6%
1972 11,438,538 15,529,730 26,968,268 -7.6%
1973 13,433,604 16,675,322 30,108,926 11.6%
1974 13,047,294 16,978,314 30,025,608 -0.3%
1975 13,189,423 16,600,490 29,789,913 -0.8%
1976 14,657,802 16,660,529 31,318,331 5.1%
1977 19,639,551 19,070,228 38,709,779 23.6%
1978 20,529,965 20,106,921 40,636,886 5.0%
1979 22,371,979 21,178,419 43,550,398 7.2%
1980 21,890,052 21,124,084 43,014,136 -1.2%
1981 14,065,986 12,478,390 26,544,376 -38.3%
1982 23,080,449 21,507,425 44,587,874 68.0%
1983 23,991,053 21,549,285 45,540,338 2.1%
1984 23,961,427 20,781,436 44,742,863 -1.8%
1985 24,532,225 22,292,154 46,824,379 4.7%
1986 25,172,732 22,333,471 47,506,203 1.5%
1987 27,277,351 24,734,155 52,011,506 9.5%
1988 28,499,636 24,499,268 52,998,904 1.9%
1989 29,849,262 25,323,834 55,173,096 4.1%
1990 30,332,260 24,491,508 54,823,768 -0.6%
1991 32,117,588 24,696,172 56,813,760 3.6%
1992 31,759,501 24,112,770 55,872,271 -1.7%
1993 33,332,603 36,923,856 70,256,459 25.7%
1994 24,202,197 25,807,819 50,010,016 -28.8%
1995 25,358,988 25,110,248 50,469,236 0.9%
1996 29,718,093 30,379,288 60,097,381 19.1%
1997 31,283,321 31,885,368 63,168,689 5.1%
1998 31,947,900 38,424,321 70,372,221 11.4%
1999 31,816,532 38,322,848 70,139,380 -0.3%
2000 32,897,543 39,737,552 72,635,095 3.6%
2001 32,709,153 39,558,391 72,267,544 -0.5%
2002 30,910,469 36,948,707 67,859,176 -6.1%
2003 30,907,838 36,660,559 67,568,397 -0.4%
2004 32,801,668 40,221,301 73,022,969 8.1%
2005 33,282,189 41,419,845 74,702,034 2.3%
2006 34,464,169 41,578,618 76,042,787 1.8%
2007 35,389,658 44,113,517 79,503,175 4.6%
2008 34,503,077 44,084,927 78,588,004 -1.2%
2009 32,239,466 41,128,193 73,367,659 -6.6%
TOTALS
1,423,467,406 1,505,684,436 2,929,151,842
Year
AL NL ML Total % (+/-)

Source: Major League Baseball Red and Green Books


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