Interview with James Enright, Edgar Munzel, February 24, 1977

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

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James Enright and Edgar Munzel are sports writers who knew Happy Chandler during his term as baseball commissioner. In this interview, they discuss their early associations with Chandler, Chandler's reputation as being "the players' and umpires' commissioner", Chandler's downfall as commissioner, Leland ("Larry") MacPhail, and Chandler's relationship with the Wrigleys and with Charles Comiskey. They talk about Leslie O'Connor and the Zoederman lawsuit, Muddy Ruel, Richard Butler as the commissioner's assistant, Robert Murphy's attempt to organize the Pittsburgh Pirates into a baseball players' union, Chandler's problems with the Mexican League, Vern Stevens, and the Danny Gardella lawsuit. They discuss incidents leading up to Leo Durocher's suspension, Leland MacPhail's role in the suspension, their general thoughts on Leo Durocher, and the team owners' meeting at St. Petersburg, Florida on Chandler's status as commissioner. They give their views on Jackie Robinson and the integration of major league baseball, also sharing reflections on Robinson's college and minor league career, Branch Rickey's role in baseball's integration and his personality, Jackie Robinson's first game at Wrigley Field, Larry Doby's first game at Comiskey Park, the resistance of team owners to integration, and the relationship between Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey. They also include their reflections on Chandler.

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1977oh011_chan026

Interviewee Name

Edgar Munzel

James Enright

Interviewer Name

William J. Marshall

Interview Date

1977-02-24

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Munzel, Edgar Interview by William J. Marshall. 24 Feb. 1977. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Munzel, E. (1977, February 24). 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.

Munzel, Edgar, interview by William J. Marshall. February 24, 1977, 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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