Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with A.B. Happy Chandler, August 15, 1980

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:59 - Del Webb and Larry MacPhail

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Partial Transcript: Governor Chandler, um, the last time we talked we talked about 1945...

Segment Synopsis: Chandler talks about the co-owners of the Yankees.

Keywords: Bob Mack; Dan Topping

Subjects: Hughes, Howard, 1905-1976.; MacPhail, Larry, 1890-1975.; Mack, Connie, 1862-1956.; Webb, Del E., 1899-1974.

00:09:06 - Clark Griffith / Charles Comiskey

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Partial Transcript: Another man that we talked a little bit about too... the last...

Segment Synopsis: Chandler shares his memories of Clark Griffith, Chuck Comiskey and others.

Keywords: Alva Bradley; Bill DeWitt; Bougainville; Donald Barnes; Judge Landis

Subjects: Barnes, Donald.; Bougainville Island (Papua New Guinea)--History--1941-1945.; Comiskey, Charles A.; DeWitt, William O.; Griffith, Clark, 1869-1955.; Landis, Kenesaw Mountain, 1866-1944.; Mack, Connie, 1862-1956.; Veeck, Bill; Yawkey, Thomas A., 1903-1976.

00:19:00 - Phil Wrigley / Branch Rickey

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Partial Transcript: Switching to the National League.

Segment Synopsis: Chandler shares his memories of Philip Wrigley, Branch Rickey, and other team owners who were connected to baseball.

Keywords: Horace Stoneham; Phil Wrigley

Subjects: Frick, Ford C.; Harridge, Will, 1883-1971.; National League (Major League Baseball); Rickey, Branch, 1881-1965.; Ward, Arch, 1896-1955.; Wrigley, Philip K. (Philip Knight), 1894-1977.

00:32:30 - Bob Carpenter / Senator Harry Byrd

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Partial Transcript: Bob Carpenter... Philadelphia.

Segment Synopsis: Chandler talks about his relationship with Bob Carpenter, Senator Harry Byrd and others.

Keywords: Barney Dreyfus; Bob Carpenter; Senator Harry Byrd

Subjects: Breadon, Sam, 1876-1949

00:39:29 - Elmer Irey / financial state of the baseball commissioner's office

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Partial Transcript: We mentioned Lou Perini a little bit.

Segment Synopsis: Chandler talks about Elmer Irey and the financial state of the baseball commissioner's office.

Keywords: "Lucky" Lohrke; Horace Stoneham; Lou Perini; Treasury Department

Subjects: Irey, Elmer L. (Elmer Lincoln), 1888-1948.

00:43:13 - Comparison of Chandler's commissionership to Judge Landis'

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Partial Transcript: Talking about all these owners, what was their expectations of you as a commissioner?

Segment Synopsis: Chandler describes how he differed from Judge Landis as a commissioner.

Keywords: Bluegrass League; Judge Landis; Peter O'Malley

Subjects: Landis, Kenesaw Mountain, 1866-1944.; Smith, Red, 1905-1982

00:54:14 - Salary as a senator and baseball commissioner

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Partial Transcript: In 1945 you were still in the senate and you were also...

Segment Synopsis: Chandler talks about the salary that he received while he was both a senator and baseball commissioner.

Keywords: Chandler Medical Center; Death penalty; Governor Combs; United States senators; baseball commissioner

Subjects: Capital punishment.; Combs, Bert T., 1911-1991; Cooper, John Sherman, 1901-1991

01:05:41 - Leaving the senate

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Partial Transcript: Did this play any part in your thinking, as far as when the timing...

Segment Synopsis: Chandler talks about quitting the Senate and moving back to Kentucky.

Keywords: "Chandlerites"; Senators

Subjects: Cincinnati (Ohio); Kentucky.; New York (N.Y.)

01:10:28 - Thoughts on team owners and sportswriters / coaching high school football and basketball

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Partial Transcript: What was the condition of baseball when you took over...

Segment Synopsis: Chandler talks about his feelings towards some of the team owners and sports writers whom he knew while he was baseball commissioner. He also talks about coaching high school football and basketball. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Baseball during World War II; Branch Rickey; Horace Stoneham; Judge Landis; Larry MacPhail

Subjects: Landis, Kenesaw Mountain, 1866-1944.; MacPhail, Larry, 1890-1975.; Pacific Coast League.; Rickey, Branch, 1881-1965.; Veterans.; World War II.