Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Al Rosen, May 15, 1979

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:02 - Entry into playing professional baseball

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Partial Transcript: Mr. Rosen, um, can you tell me how you got into baseball?

Segment Synopsis: Al Rosen discusses his entry into baseball, both the Minor and Major Leagues.

Keywords: Post WW II; Post-war era

Subjects: Baseball; Baseball players; Cleveland Indians (Baseball Team); Major League Baseball (Organization); Minor league baseball.; Rosen, Al; United States. Navy.; World War, 1939-1945

00:03:33 - Acquaintance with Commissioner Chandler / entrance into the Major Leagues

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Partial Transcript: Did you know Commissioner Chandler at all, or did you see Commissioner Chandler while he was commissioner?

Segment Synopsis: Rosen talks about his acquaintance with Commissioner Chandler and describes his entry into the Major Leagues from the Minor Leagues.

Keywords: Acquaintances; WWII

Subjects: Baseball commissioners; Baseball players; Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991; Cleveland Indians (Baseball Team); Major League Baseball (Organization); Minor league baseball.; New York Yankees (Baseball Team); World War, 1939-1945

00:07:13 - African-American baseball players of 1946

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Partial Transcript: While you were in the minors, did you play with or against any black ball players?

Segment Synopsis: Rosen discusses playing with and against African-American baseball players in 1946.

Keywords: Baseball teams; Black baseball players; Canadian baseball teams

Subjects: African-American Baseball Players; Baseball players

00:08:44 - Entry salary in baseball

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Partial Transcript: Um, what kind of a salary did you make while you were in the Minors?

Segment Synopsis: Rosen discusses his entry salary as a baseball player.

Keywords: Baseball salaries; Salaries

Subjects: Baseball; Baseball players; Rosen, Al

00:10:08 - Spring training in 1950

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Partial Transcript: Tell me, um, a little about your recollections about spring training in 1950 if you can recall...

Segment Synopsis: Rosen discusses spring training in 1950 and injuries.

Keywords: Frank Lane; Spring training; Tucson (Ariz.)

Subjects: Baseball; Chicago White Sox (Baseball Team); New York Giants (Baseball Team)

00:12:38 - The 1950 season / playing with black baseball players

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Partial Transcript: Um, let me get a little bit into the 1950 season, uh, right around the all-star break.

Segment Synopsis: Rosen discusses baseball in the 1950 season, his acquaintance with Larry Doby and Jackie Robinson, and segregation in baseball.

Keywords: Home runs; Integration; Kansas City (Mo.); Luke Easter

Subjects: African-American Baseball Players; Baseball; Detroit Tigers (Baseball Team); Doby, Larry; Negro leagues.; Robinson, Jackie, 1919-1972; Segregation

00:21:11 - Baseball players in 1950

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Partial Transcript: Let me... what I would like to do, if you would bear with me is to go through some of the players you played with in 1950...

Segment Synopsis: Rosen discusses some of his fellow baseball players from 1950 and onwards.

Keywords: Bok (??) Kennedy; Cuban baseball players; Dale Mitchell; Gene Bierden; Jim Hegan; Joe Gordon; Mexican League; Mike Garcia; Ray Boone; Ray Murray; Sam Szoback (??); Short stops; Steve Gromek; Third basemen; University of Florida; University of Miami

Subjects: Baseball; Baseball players; Liga Mexicana de Beisbol Profesional

00:30:10 - Player rights and salaries

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Partial Transcript: Let me move on. Um, Mel Harder, the Indians pitching coach... I believe he was...

Segment Synopsis: Rosen discusses Mel Harder, player rights and their bargaining for better salaries.

Keywords: "Major League minimum"; All-star balloting; Baseball pitching; Baseball salaries; Bonuses; Player salaries; Players' rights

Subjects: Baseball players; Greenberg, Hank; Harder, Mel; Major League Baseball (Organization); Veeck, Bill

00:35:51 - Reflections on Commissioner Chandler

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Partial Transcript: Um, let me go back to Chandler. Um, did you have any contact with Chandler after you became a major league baseball player?

Segment Synopsis: Rosen reflects on his experiences with Commissioner Chandler, his (Chandler's) being voted out of office, and his relationship with the team owners.

Keywords: A.B. Chandler; Baseball teams

Subjects: Baseball; Baseball commissioners; Baseball team owners; Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991

00:38:04 - Comparison of the baseball commissioner's role today (1979) and in past years

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Partial Transcript: Um, in your opinion, has the role of commissioner changed significantly... in, in, during this era, as opposed to your era...

Segment Synopsis: Rosen compares the baseball commissioner's role in the 1940's and 50's, when he was playing, to in the late 1970's, when the interview was recorded.

Keywords: Automobiles

Subjects: Baseball; Baseball commissioners; Sports

00:39:59 - Baseball salary negotiations / the player pension plan

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Partial Transcript: Um, were you at all, as a player, aware of such controversies as, as the reserve clause...

Segment Synopsis: Rosen discusses the negotiations the players made for better salaries and the player pension plan. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Baseball clinics; Baseball games; Baseball salaries; Cleveland baseball games; Minor Leagues; Salaries

Subjects: Baseball; Minor league baseball.; New York Yankees (Baseball Team)