Interview with Albert Benjamin "Happy" Chandler, December 4, 1980

Project: A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project

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A. B. Happy Chandler, born in Corydon, KY, was the second commissioner of Major League baseball, from 1945 to 1951. In 1982, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In this interview, he talks about Leo Durocher's hearing, the antagonism between Branch Rickey and Larry MacPhail, some of the allegations against Larry MacPhail related to gambling, Chandler's decision to suspend Durocher, the threat he feels gambling poses to baseball, his relationship with Babe Ruth, including his visiting him in the hospital, Babe Ruth Day, Ruth's funeral, George Zoeterman and the high school signing rule, Bill Veeck, the television contract for the 1947 World Series, Chandler's decision to sell it to NBC, and the 1948 World Series.

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1980oh196_chan082

Interviewee Name

Albert Benjamin "Happy" Chandler

Interviewer Name

William J. Marshall

Interview Date

1980-12-04

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Chandler, Albert Benjamin Interview by William J. Marshall. 04 Dec. 1980. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Chandler, A.B. (1980, December 04). Interview by W. J. Marshall. A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Chandler, Albert Benjamin, interview by William J. Marshall. December 04, 1980, A. B. "Happy" Chandler: Desegregation of Major League Baseball Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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