Interview with August J. Donatelli, March 18, 1988

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

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August "Augie" Donatelli played shortstop in the Class D Kitty League. After World War II, he became a Major League umpire. In this interview, he discusses his Minor League career before World War II, his experiences as a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft VI, the forced march west to keep the prisoners from being liberated by the Russians, how he escaped from the march and was captured again, and his return to the United States after the war. He talks about his decision to attend Bill McGowan's umpiring school, his experiences umpiring for the International League, the Pioneer League and the South Atlantic League, his salary as a Minor League umpire, the formation of the Major League Umpires Association, Baseball Commissioners Happy Chandler and Ford Frick, other umpires he worked with in his Major League career, the arguments players and managers often have with umpires, and some of his (Donatelli's) reasons for ejecting people from the game.

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1988oh061_chan109

Interviewee Name

August J. Donatelli

Interviewer Name

William J. Marshall

Interview Date

1988-03-18

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Donatelli, August J. Interview by William J. Marshall. 18 Mar. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Donatelli, A.J. (1988, March 18). 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.

Donatelli, August J., interview by William J. Marshall. March 18, 1988, 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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