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THE QUESTION: Is New York City doomed to be a one-team-major league baseball town?
Jimmy Jemail
January 13, 1958
AUGUST A. BUSCH JR.President St. Louis Cardinals Although the National League made a great stride in pioneering a movement to the West Coast, it would be to our advantage to have a franchise in the country's largest city. New York certainly isn't doomed to be a one-team town, and I'm hoping that our league will one day again operate there.
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January 13, 1958

The Question: Is New York City Doomed To Be A One-team-major League Baseball Town?

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AUGUST A. BUSCH JR.
President
St. Louis Cardinals
Although the National League made a great stride in pioneering a movement to the West Coast, it would be to our advantage to have a franchise in the country's largest city. New York certainly isn't doomed to be a one-team town, and I'm hoping that our league will one day again operate there.

BOB CARPENTER JR.
President
Philadelphia Phillies
No. A modern and accessible stadium with adequate parking is of the utmost importance. Neither is presently available in New York, thus forcing the Giants and Dodgers to move. Today, the size of a city is no longer the key factor in the most desirable site for a major league franchise.

HORACE STONEHAM
President
San Francisco Giants
No. There probably will be another team in New York within three or four years. New York is too big a city and too wonderful a town to be a one-team city. When New Yorkers get around to building a modern stadium with adequate parking, I'm sure another team will play there.

GEORGE M. WEISS
General manager
New York Yankees
It's going to be difficult and a great operation. Two teams have moved out of New York. Another must build a costly modern stadium with proper facilities. It must pay taxes as the Yankees do. However, regardless of what happens, the Yankees will act in the best interests of baseball.

BRANCH RICKEY
Chairman of the Board
Pittsburgh Pirates
Yes, and it is most regrettable. The greatest city in the world should be included in each major league. If the American League keeps the National League out of New York now, it can for all time. Something has to be done about it now. Otherwise, New York's only hope is in a third league.

WARREN C. GILES
President
National League
Eventually there will be a National League team in New York. It's a good sports town. Some day it will have adequate facilities. We can go back to Brooklyn any time, but we can return to New York only within one year. After that it is subject to the O.K. of the American League.

FORD FRICK
Commissioner of Baseball
I see no immediate prospect of a National League team moving into New York, but I'd certainly hate to say "Never." For one thing, where would a team play? Eventually there will be more major league clubs, possibly 12 in each league. We may have a third league. New York will be included.

BUZZY BAVASI
Vice-President
Los Angeles Dodgers
Absolutely not. It's inconceivable that the National League in particular and baseball in general will give up a metropolitan area of 15 million. Most of us in baseball are positive that the two leagues will expand to 10 or 12 clubs in the near future. New York will get one or possibly two teams.

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