Interview with William O. "Bill" DeWitt, Sr., September 29, 1980

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

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Interview Summary

William O. DeWitt, Senior, was formerly the owner of the St. Louis Browns and the Cincinnati Reds at different times in his career. In this interview, he talks about his involvement in baseball, especially during the time of Happy Chandler's commissionership in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Topics include the impact that the Mexican League had on American baseball of that era, the integration of major league baseball, Chandler's commissionship, why his (Chandler's) contract was bought out early, and many of the other baseball team owners whom he knew at that time.

Interview Accession

1980oh164_chan080

Interviewee Name

William O. "Bill" DeWitt, Sr.

Interviewer Name

William J. Marshall

Interview Date

1980-09-29

Interview Partial Date

October 1, 1980

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DeWitt, William O., Sr. Interview by William J. Marshall. 29 Sep. 1980. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

DeWitt, W.O., Sr. (1980, September 29). 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.

DeWitt, William O., Sr., interview by William J. Marshall. September 29, 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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