The Decline and Reinvention of
the Minor Leagues, Post-1950
Unlike the declining state of professional baseball in New Jersey by 1949, it took a year or two before other ball clubs throughout the United States felt the same financial strains. In 1949, more than 39.8 million fans attended games fifty-nine minor leagues operating 448 teams, an attendance record not broken until 2003. It was easy to see how television had hurt the New Jersey clubs, especially Newark and Jersey City. First, there were an unusually high number of major-league teams in the region, with three in New York City alone. These clubs televised their games into northern New Jersey. In addition, the New York metropolitan area had a higher percentage of households with television sets than did most of the nation. But in the rest of the country, especially
Dunn Tire Field in Buffalo, New York, originally Pilot Field. Photograph
courtesy of the Buffalo Bisons baseball club, 2007.