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Robert Holbrook was a sportswriter and also formerly served as the secretary of American League Baseball. In this interview, he discusses Commissioner Chandler's relationship with the baseball writers, his support of umpires, his performance as baseball commissioner, and his image with baseball writers. He talks about the integration of major league baseball, the original decision to integrate baseball in 1943, Chandler's role in the integration of major league baseball, his involvement in television contracts, and Jackie Robinson. He describes the Mexican League problem and the Danny Gardella lawsuit, also discussing Walter Mulbry, Sam Jethroe, Tom Yawkey, Yawkey's relationship with Chandler, Lou Perini, and the Boston-Milwaukee Braves. He also describes the reaction of baseball writers to Chandler's suspension of Leo Durocher.

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1977oh026_chan029

Interviewee Name

Robert Holbrook

Interviewer Name

William J. Marshall

Interview Date

1977-05-09

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Holbrook, Robert Interview by William J. Marshall. 09 May. 1977. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Holbrook, R. (1977, May 09). 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.

Holbrook, Robert, interview by William J. Marshall. May 09, 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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