NEW YORK — Major league baseball drew 52,029,644 fans in 1987, marking the third consecutive record-breaking year, the Commissioner's office announced Monday.
Ten records were set as all 26 clubs attracted more than 1 million fans for the second straight year.
The previous season high was 47,500,347 in 1986. The increase was the biggest in a decade and the third largest in baseball history.
The American League drew 27,278 fans, the National League 24,750,842.
For the first time, two clubs--the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets--drew more than 3 million in the same season. Before this season, the Dodgers were the only club to draw 3 million in a season.
In addition to the Cardinals and Mets, San Francisco, Toronto, Kansas City, Minnesota and Texas also established attendance records.