One major sign of baseball owners not wanting to change is their lack of a draft till 1965. It took 14 yankee pennants in 16 years before the started one.
But, if the Yankees hadn't dominated that heavily, would owners have started a draft around that time anyway? Or just kept it the way it was before, with teams competing to sign prospects everywhere?
I'm thinking it might have been daleyd a few years more, but that's it. Just like free agency, times were just changing in baseball then. But, I'm not really thta sure. It does seem, though, like it was a timing thing more than anything. Otherwise, why not start a big league draft in 1958, after 9 Yanke pennants in 10 years?