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Sunday, January 09, 2022

6 cities that nearly landed an MLB team

Frustrated with his lease at city-owned Kansas City Municipal Stadium, A’s owner Charlie Finley looked into various relocation possibilities. A bid to move to Dallas was dismissed by the other AL owners in 1962. A move to either Seattle or Milwaukee was also discussed. Finley even floated the (completely absurd and unlikely) possibility of moving the team to tiny Peculiar, Mo., 45 minutes south of Kansas City, and erecting temporary stands in a cow pasture.

More serious was the idea of moving the A’s to the Bluegrass State.

Finley met with Louisville mayor William Cowger and Kentucky governor Edward Breathitt and announced he had signed a two-year lease agreement for his team to use Fairgrounds Stadium as its home base. Again, the AL owners shot this down. When Finley pivoted to a 20-year agreement with the city of Oakland to move the team to a yet-to-be-constructed stadium, they shot that down, too, and threatened to expel Finley from the league if he didn’t agree to what they deemed to be a fair lease extension offer from Kansas City.

Finley ultimately relented and signed the four-year lease, but, after it expired in 1967, the league and owners finally allowed him to pack up and head to Oakland. Alas, Louisville got left behind. But the home of Louisville Slugger has been home to several Negro League teams, as well as the Minor League Colonels. The Minor League franchise now known as the Louisville Bats has been in operation since 1982.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 09, 2022 at 09:34 PM | 16 comment(s)
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