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The Question: Ford Frick, Commissioner of Baseball, says that television is killing the minor baseball leagues. Is it?
Jimmy Jemail
October 04, 1954
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October 04, 1954

The Question: Ford Frick, Commissioner Of Baseball, Says That Television Is Killing The Minor Baseball Leagues. Is It?

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JOHN L. REEVES
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
PRESIDENT
TEXAS LEAGUE

"I think that 'crippling' is a more appropriate word. Certainly this 20th century Cyclops is wreaking havoc with us. The minors are comparable to a stabbed man, bleeding profusely, but not going to die. The transfusion that will save us is Little League Baseball, now rejuvenatng local interest."

SEN. E. C. JOHNSON
DENVER, COLO.
PRESIDENT
WESTERN LEAGUE

" Ford Frick is dead right. Almost half the minors have given up the ghost. The rest are hanging on the ropes. When we are all dead and gone, the major leagues will be operating their clubs with class 'C' ballplayers. There is only one remedy—'Stop doing it.' This is a plain case of murder."

HAL TOTTEN
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA
PRESIDENT
THREE I LEAGUE

"Yes. It's already killed off some excellent cities. TV will doom the minors completely if it creates baseball networks and diverts interest from home teams. Solution? Limit promotions to home territory. Recreate local loyalties. Otherwise armchair fans will watch 'E' baseball from major league parks."

F. J. SHAUGHNESSY
MONTREAL, CANADA
PRESIDENT
INTERNAT'L LEAGUE

"Every minor club owner and a majority of big league owners agree. It's impossible to compete with major league broadcasts into minor league territory. We had to pull out of Jersey City and Newark for that reason. If each major club limited TV to its local station, minor league attendance would benefit."

HOWARD L. GREEN
FORT WORTH, TEXAS
PRESIDENT, BIG STATE
BASEBALL LEAGUE

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