The Winter Meetings have been Organized Baseball's annual offseason ritual since the early days of the game. This is SABR's second volume on their history, covering 1958 - 2016, plus a special section on the Negro Leagues winter meetings. The latter years of the 20th century included many monumental changes in the business of baseball. This volume covers multiple rounds of expansion, the advent of free agency, several work stoppages, collusion among the owners, and the elimination of the American and National League presidents' offices and consolidation of the two leagues as a single business entity. With contributions by 40 members of the Society for American Baseball Research: Abigail Miskowiec, Andy Bokser, Bob Whelan, Chad Hagan, Charles H. Martin, Chip Greene, Chris Jones, Christopher Matthews, Clayton Trutor, Dan Levitt, Darren Munk, David M. Kritzler and Alan P. Henry, Donald G. Frank, Duke Goldman, Gregory H. Wolf, Hawkins DuBois, Jason C. Long, Jason Myers, Jeff Barto, Jerry Swenson, Jessica Frank, John Bauer, John Burbridge, Kent Henderson, Luca Rossi, Mark Armour, Mark S. Sternman, Michael Huber, Mike Lynch, Paul D. Brown, Paul Hensler, Robert K. Whelan, Rodger A. Payne, Ross E. Davies, Steve Cardullo, Steve Weingarden, Steve West, Tim Rask, Tom Cuggino, Wayne G. McDonnell, Jr.Contents:1958: LAST WORD IN UTTER FUTILITY—Mike Lynch1959: WINDS OF CHANGE—David M. Kritzler and Alan P. Henry1960: MISSOURI COMPROMISE—David M. Kritzler and Alan P. Henry1961: METS, COLT .45s, AND THE SPITBALL—Christopher Matthews1962: ADDITION BY SUBTRACTION—Chris Jones1963: NO LITTLE LEAGUE BATS—Chris Jones1964: FREE-AGENT DRAFT & ALL-STAR VOTING—Donald G. Frank1965: ENTER THE GENERAL—Andy Bokser1966: TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS—Jason Myers1967: EXPANSION, INEVITABLY—Mark Armour1968: DOWN GOES ECKERT—Mark Armour1969: REORGANIZATION TALK—Mark Armour1970: KUHN THWARTED—Mark Armour1971: SWAP MEET—Mark Armour1972: CALM BETWEEN STORMS—Mark Armour1973: PADRES’ DILEMMA—Donald G. Frank1974: DETENTE—Clayton Trutor1975: RETURN OF THE MASTER SHOWMAN—Gregory H. Wolf1976: CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS—Gregory H. Wolf1977: WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR—Steve Cardullo1978: FIGURING OUT FREE AGENCY—Dan Levitt1979: FIRST CHANCE AT A NEW POST-FREE-AGENCY CBA—Dan Levitt1980: FUTURE HALL OF FAMERS—Kent Henderson & Paul Hensler1981: POST-STRIKE INTRIGUE—Paul Hensler1982: DISPIRITED & ARGUMENTATIVE—Dan Levitt1983: END OF THE KUHN ERA—Michael Huber1984: SUPERSTATIONARY—Ross E. Davies1985: FREE-AGENT FREEZEOUT: COLLUSION I—Jeff Barto1986: RIGGED MARKET: COLLUSION II—Jeff Barto1987: CHANGING TIMES: COLLUSION III—Bob Whelan1988: RANGERS MAKE SPLASH—Steve West1989: MINOR MOVES MAKE MAJOR IMPACTS—Mark S. Sternman1990: THEY ALMOST DIDN’T HAPPEN—John Burbridge1991: CONCERN FOR SMALL MARKET CLUBS—Tim Rask1992: THE CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN—Rodger A. Payne1993: A COOLING HOT STOVE AND BOILING TEMPERS—Abigail Miskowiec1994: YEAR-ROUND LABOR NEGOTIATIONS—Abigail Miskowiec1995: INTERLEAGUE PLAY?—Paul D. Brown1996: THE YEAR THAT BROUGHT LABOR PEACE—Chip Greene1997: MINOR-LEAGUE CHANGES, MAJOR-LEAGUE IMPACT—Jessica Frank1998: CONTRACTS EXPLODE—Jessica Frank1999: ALL ABOUT JUNIOR—Steve West2000: SHOW ME THE MONEY—Steve West2001: ALL QUIET—Clayton Trutor2002: RETURN TO NASHVILLE—Jerry Swenson2003: BACK IN THE BAYOU—Jerry Swenson2004: IT’S ALL A GAMBLE—
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