There had to be more to the original story, though. What was the reaction? A bit of research shows that not everyone was in favor of it.
Noted Washington D.C. area sports writer Francis Stann got a bit pointed in his April 22, 1964 column, referring to Arthur Allyn's quote about Charles Finley's proposal to move the KC Athletics to Louisville. "Mr. Finley is an idiot."
|The Evening Star (Washington DC) - April 22, 1964|
It wasn't just sports writers. Joseph A.W. Iglehart, chairman of the board of the Baltimore Orioles, had some pointed words about being in the cellar.
|Greensboro Record (Greensboro, NC) - April 23, 1964|
By the end of October that year Francis Stann seems to be softening up his stance a bit, mostly in light of possible expansion teams joining the league.
|The Evening Star (Washington DC) - October 29, 1964|
His earlier statements of G-R-E-E-D by the TV executives seems to be on point as we see that in December a new television contract has been awarded.
|Illinois State Journal (Springfield, Ill.) - December 16, 1964|
I'm guessing all involved were much happier then.
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