.5 linear feet; 1 5-inch legal sized record carton, 9 folders
Bringing Major League Baseball to Colorado, 1990-1994
This collection documents work done by Kathi Williams and other community and business leaders to contact Major League Baseball in an effort to bring a franchise to Colorado – one that would ultimately end up as the Colorado Rockies.
Collection includes multiple packets of responses to questionnaires from the National League of Major League Baseball about the suitability of Denver as a location for an expansion team. Includes information used in a presentation to MLB in an interview conducted on September 18, 1990, as well as that presented to the Expansion Committee and representatives of Major League Baseball on a visit to Denver on March 16, 1991.
The collection also includes information about the Denver Metropolitan Major League Baseball Stadium District, state legislation to support the baseball effort, City of Denver Baseball legislation, Sports Facility management information, and a plan of action, all of which took some information from the Broncos stadium establishment.
There is also a packet of information about potential owners for the Rockies- including profiles of wealthy investors, proposal letters and some responses.
The collection also includes printouts of aerial views of various stages of construction of Coors Field from 1993-1994, and an official scorecard and magazine from the Rockies opening season in 1993.
Securing a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise for Colorado was a goal of Denver government and civic leaders for many years. When MLB announced there would be two expansion franchises awarded. Denver went all in to secure one. To be considered for a team, a baseball-only stadium needed to be in place so funding and a location had to be secured. Legislation was passed to create a stadium taxing district. From there voters in six counties had to approve the legislation. Once the stadium deal was done, an ownership group had to be put together. Denver/Colorado's bid could have come to naught at any time as multiple elements and resources had to come together to make a competitive bid and there were some big challenges along the way--such as the principal of the owner's group that was put together being indicted for fraud which forced a last minute scramble to put together different ownership. But---thanks to the vision and dedication of many folks, including donors Williams and Macey as well as Mayor Federico Pena, civic leaders and members of the business community--Denver was awarded a team in July 5, 1991. This collection documents the process of "bringing Major League Baseball to Colorado" from the legislation creating the stadium taxing district, to the bid presentation given to the National League, to the solicitation of investors and the preparations made for the Expansion Committee's visit to Denver. The documents and other items in the collection record the history of securing a team and visually illustrate highlights of the Colorado Rockies franchise (opening day at Coors Field; hosting all-star game; 2007 World Series, etc.) This is part 1 of a 3-part donation. Part 2 will be video interviews of the key individuals involved, and Part 3 will be any remaining archival materials and artifacts.
Former state legislator Kathi Williams and businessman Neil Macey were integral to the process of bringing Major League Baseball to Colorado. Williams carried the bill, which created a Baseball Stadium District in order for Colorado to receive a Major League Baseball Team. Macey brought her the concept for the legislation and was Executive Director of the Colorado Baseball Commission as they shepherded the idea through the legislature and built support in all cities and counties within the stadium taxing District. Williams & Macey decided to put together a comprehensive history of bringing Major League Baseball to Colorado by compiling their records and interviewing those still alive, who were key to the effort. Williams and Macey assembled the binders from original documents, and copies of documents belonging to other such as Paul Jacobs (attorney--passed away 7.2.18) who was instrumental in putting the ownership group together and saving the franchise when the original ownership group fell apart.
Donated to History Colorado by Kathi Williams, 2018.
This manuscript collection is part of a larger donation of material (2018.101 and 2018.117) that includes artifacts. Please contact the Research Center staff for more information.
Bringing Major League Baseball to Colorado, MSS.3128, History Colorado, Denver, Colo.