Interview with Robert G. "Bob" Lemon, May 15, 1979

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

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Bob Lemon was born in California. He was a pitcher and manager in Major League Baseball. Lemon describes his minor league career and military service in the Navy during World War II. He talks about Mel Harder and the players' pension plan, barnstorming with Satchel Paige in 1946 and 1947, Bob Feller's business enterprises and Bill Veeck as the owner of the Cleveland Indians. He also describes A.B. "Happy" Chandler's reputation with the players, and Lou Boudreau's term as manager of the Indians. He talks about Larry Doby as a player, his reaction to racial harassment, and his relationship with his teammates. He describes the 1948 pennant race, Lemon's 1948 no-hitter, the 1948 World Series, and Paige's abilities as a pitcher. Many Cleveland players are discussed: Dale Mitchell, Hank Edwards, Joe Gordon, Ken Keltner, Eddie Robinson, Jim Hegan, Thurman Tucker, Bob Kennedy, Gene Bearden, Sam Zoldak, Steve Gromek, Don Black, and Bob Feller. Lemon describes the effect military service had on Feller's career and discusses World Series earnings. Some of the changes in baseball since 1951 are also discussed, such as scheduling, camaraderie among players, time spent with family, and commercialism. In addition, he covers the topics of Bill Veeck's promotions, Hank Greenberg as a general manager and negotiating with Bill Veeck.

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1979oh156_chan060

Interviewee Name

Robert G. "Bob" Lemon

Interviewer Name

William J. Marshall

Interview Date

1979-05-15

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Lemon, Robert G. Interview by William J. Marshall. 15 May. 1979. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Lemon, R.G. (1979, May 15). 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.

Lemon, Robert G., interview by William J. Marshall. May 15, 1979, 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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