Interview with Willard W. Marshall, September 13, 1985

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

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Willard Marshall, from Virginia, was a right-fielder in Major League Baseball. He was the second outfielder to play an entire season with no errors. In this interview, he talks about playing with the Atlanta Crackers, a Minor League team, his briefly signing with the St. Louis Cardinals as a teenager, his military service in World War II, some of the famous New York Giants players he knew when he played for the team, spring training after he returned from the war, some of his first games playing with the Giants, the defection of some Major League players to the Mexican League, the treatment of rookie players such as Bobby Thomson, adjusting to life in New York City, the player pension plan, and the proposed unionization of baseball. Other topics include Baseball Commissioner Chandler, the breaking of baseball's "color line", Mel Ott's being replaced as the Giants manager by Leo Durocher, the friction between Durocher and Chandler, his (Marshall's) being traded to the Boston Braves, outstanding Major League baseball players, his season without making any errors, and some of the changes in baseball since he was a player, including the advent of free agency for players.

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1985oh209_chan102

Interviewee Name

Willard W. Marshall

Interviewer Name

William J. Marshall

Interview Date

1985-09-13

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Marshall, Willard W. Interview by William J. Marshall. 13 Sep. 1985. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Marshall, W.W. (1985, September 13). 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.

Marshall, Willard W., interview by William J. Marshall. September 13, 1985, 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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