Owning a Piece of the Minors

By Jerry Klinkowitz | Go to book overview

Preface

FOR seventeen years, from 1978 to 1994, I was involved in owning and operating a minor league baseball team. At the start, it wasn't anything fashionable to do; I only had the chance because the minors were bankrupt and declassé, nobody else much wanting to get involved with such a losing proposition. By the time I got out, such status had risen to the level of being thematics for prime time television commercials.

"Your own minor league baseball team," the slogan went, as a grinning suit-and-tie type was being photographed with his twenty-five bush league players: "one million dollars." Then, over a second photo, a shot of the product advertised, came another line: "Your own Bic shaver: thirty-nine cents." The point of this comparison? "Two great deals."

It was a great deal; by 1994 previously worthless franchises were changing hands for as much as three million dollars. Plus baseball in general and the minor leagues in particular were ragingly popular and immensely profitable. Owning such a club was now a double fantasy: having the perfect toy and making a fortune to boot.

The following chapters tell of my minor league involvement seven ways, as for me the experience comprised at least seven

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword Mike Veeck ix
  • Preface xiii
  • Acknowledgments xvii
  • I Would Have Saved Them If I Could: - The Milwaukee Braves, the Waterloo Diamonds, and Everyone Else's Home Team 1
  • Structuring Short Season 18
  • Inside the World Series: An Outsider's Notes 37
  • On the Grass 50
  • Diamonds in the Rough: Three Tales of a Ball Club's Death 77
  • Box 28 99
  • Mildred 129
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