Interview with Albert Benjamin "Happy" Chandler, September 3, 1980

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

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A. B. "Happy" Chandler, born in Corydon, Kentucky, was the second commissioner of Major League baseball, from 1945 to 1951. In 1982, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In this interview, he discusses his early memories of playing baseball as a child, his first baseball glove, athletics at Corydon High School, Earle C. Clements, playing baseball at Transylvania College (now Transylvania University), Chandler Field in Grafton, North Dakota, playing in Grafton in 1920, his tryout with Saskatoon, barnstorming, playing with the Lexington Reo's, and trying to finance Harvard education. He talks about Father O'Rourke and his (Chandler's) grand slam homerun, Sister Mary Francis, Chandler's father and the Corydon Red Sox, introducing his father to Connie Mack and Calvin Griffith, being governor of Kentucky and his public service, umpiring in the Bluegrass League, Larry Goetz, umpires in baseball, Charlie Moran, and watching baseball in St. Louis. He discusses Judge Kennesaw Landis and the segregation of baseball, his (Chandler's) role in the integration of Major League baseball, Larry MacPhail, Dick Butler, the player pension plan, Larry MacPhail and John Gottlieb's role in Chandler's becoming baseball commissioner, his understanding of the terms and powers of the commissionership, his previous salaries in political office, the impact of his senatorial term on his family, and his family's reaction to his appointment as baseball commissioner.

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1980oh137_chan074

Interviewee Name

Albert Benjamin "Happy" Chandler

Interviewer Name

William J. Marshall

Interview Date

1980-09-03

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Chandler, Albert Benjamin Interview by William J. Marshall. 03 Sep. 1980. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Chandler, A.B. (1980, September 03). 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.

Chandler, Albert Benjamin, interview by William J. Marshall. September 03, 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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