As Commissioner of Baseball, Spike Eckert oversaw Major League Baseball’s expansion into four cities. Lucky fans in San Diego, Montreal, Seattle, and Kansas City got teams.
The Seattle Pilot franchise relocated to Milwaukee and became the Brewers while the Montreal Expos became the Washington Nationals.
In the collection is this letter written by Padres minority owner, team president, and GM Buzzie Bavasi. Dated less than a month before Eckert’s time as commissioner came to an end, the letter outlines the Padres intention the acquire the territory formerly held by San Diego’s PCL Padres.
The letter represents a major step in San Diego transitioning from a town with a PCL club, to America’s Finest City – home of Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres.