1948: When Baseball’s Minor League Winter Meetings Came to Minneapolis
This article was published in the Fall 2018 Baseball Research Journal.
Thirteen years before Minneapolis would become home to the major-league Twins, it was briefly the epicenter of the minor-league world when it hosted baseball's Winter Meetings in 1948. It was an event The Sporting News said featured “Paul Bunyan hospitality.”1 Bringing nearly 1,200 visitors to the North Star state, the 48th annual gathering of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues was held in Minneapolis December 8-10, 1948. Prior to the convention, Charles Johnson, sports editor at the Minneapolis Tribune, wrote in his “Lowdown on Sports” . . .
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