Category Archive: Articles.Winter-Meetings-2-1958-2016

Baseball's Business: The Winter Meetings: 1958-2016

1958 Winter Meetings: The Last Word in Utter Futility

Organized Baseball’s 1958 Winter Meetings were held in Washington…

1959 Winter Meetings: Winds of Change

As the 1959 Winter Meetings approached, both the nation and baseball…

1960 Winter Meetings: The Missouri Compromise

On November 8, 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected president, ushering…

1961 Winter Meetings: The Mets, the Colt .45s, and Debating the Return of the Spitball

In the winter of 1961, baseball fans were gearing up for an expansion…

1962 Winter Meetings: Addition by Subtraction

Rochester, New York, played host to the 1962 baseball winter…

1963 Winter Meetings: No Little League Bats Allowed

The 1963 baseball winter meetings were alive with discussion…

1964 Winter Meetings: Commissioner's Powers, Free-Agent Draft & All-Star Voting

Major-league baseball’s 1964 Winter Meetings were conducted…

1965 Winter Meetings: Exit the Sportswriter and Enter the General

The 1965 Winter Meetings took place in Florida, with meeting…

1966 Winter Meetings: Tomorrow Never Knows

On August 29, 1966, the Beatles played what would be their final…

1967 Winter Meetings: Expansion, Inevitably

The 1967-68 offseason was launched in October when Kansas City…

1968 Winter Meetings: Down Goes Eckert

Background Baseball was going through a time of transition as…

1969 Winter Meetings: Reorganization Talk

Background As the 1969 baseball Winter Meetings approached,…

1970 Winter Meetings: Kuhn Thwarted

Background Unlike the turmoil of the previous few winters, baseball…

1971 Winter Meetings: The Swap Meet

Background The 1971 baseball Winter Meetings took place in Phoenix,…

1972 Winter Meetings: Calm Between Storms

Background The 1972 baseball Winter Meetings played host to…

1973 Winter Meetings: Managerial Confusion, Ron Santo Reacts, & The Padres' Dilemma

Introduction and Context In 1973, when 24 teams existed in major-league…

1974 Winter Meetings: Détente Before The Storm

Introduction and Context The 74th annual Winter Meetings were…

1975 Winter Meetings: The Threat of Free Agency and the Return of the Master Showman

In an atmosphere of uncertainty and anxiety, more than 1,400…

1976 Winter Meetings: Changing Demographics and Broadcast Challenges

What a difference a year makes. When an estimated 1,200 baseball…

1977 Winter Meetings: So Much Promise, But Wait Till Next Year

The 1977 major-league baseball season witnessed two new teams…

1978 Winter Meetings: Figuring Out Free Agency

By the fall of 1978 modern free agency was entering its third…

1979 Winter Meetings: First Chance at a Post-Free Agency CBA

Toronto hosted the 1979 winter meetings at the Sheraton Centre,…

1980 Winter Meetings: Future Hall of Famers in the Spotlight

Introduction and Context With the inauguration of free agency…

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