As everyone knows by now, the major leagues met in Chicago last week to talk over various matters of import to baseball's brass. Nothing startling happened at the meetings (nor, indeed, was anything startling anticipated). The Washington Senators stayed in Washington, the National League did not expand to 10 teams, and the question of reviving the player bonus rule was tabled until next meeting.
The only excitement—and excitement it was—came when Sports-writer Bill Furlong of the Chicago Daily News sauntered into a hall next to the room where the meeting was being held, locked the door, flopped on the floor next to an air vent, cocked his ear and took notes on the supposedly secret discussions going on beyond the wall.
Twice, on Monday and again on Tuesday, did Furlong achieve his journalistic coup, and thus for two days running he had the biggest sports story in Chicago. His copy, which was really not nearly so startling as baseball's outraged protests made it sound, nevertheless had all the fascination of a conversation overheard on a party line. Baseball owners, who like to conduct their games in front of as many people as possible, are notoriously cautious when it comes to speaking their minds within earshot of their beloved fans, and it was rare fun, therefore, to hear them in private, yakking away like ordinary mortals with some pressing problems in common.
Herewith, some excerpts from Bill Furlong's copy:
Del Webb of the New York Yankees brought up the matter of expansion of the American League. He said that the realignment committee—which he headed—opposed expansion. Moreover, he said that the committee had not received any applications from any club to move.
The discussion then shifted to the Washington Senators and their proposed move to Minneapolis. The question was where the greatest opportunity lies.
"The trend in Washington is getting to be all colored," said Calvin Griffith, president of the Washington Senators.
Several times his colleagues asked him: "You feel the potential in Washington will never be very great?"
"Yes," said Griffith.
"Not even with a good team?"