Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with A.B. Happy Chandler, September 10, 1980

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:01:00 - Horse racing and baseball

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Partial Transcript: Governor, one of the things that happened while you were, w-- the first year that you were commissioner.

Segment Synopsis: Chandler talks about his affiliation Major League baseball as commissioner and shares some of the reasons why any connections to horse racing were avoided in baseball.

Keywords: Commissioner Kuhn; Hal Price Headley; Horse racing; Judge Landis

Subjects: Baseball commissioners; Gambling.; Horse racing.; Keeneland (Ky.); Kuhn, Bowie, 1926-2007.; Landis, Kenesaw Mountain, 1866-1944.

00:09:00 - Relationship with baseball team owners and others

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Partial Transcript: Even though this really wasn't directed at the owners...

Segment Synopsis: Chandler talks about his relationships with several baseball team owners, as well as other individuals involved in Major League baseball.

Keywords: Business relationships; Relationships; Working relationships

Subjects: Baseball commissioners; Baseball team owners; Crosby, Bing, 1903-1977.; Galbreath, John W. (John Wilmer), 1897-.; MacPhail, Larry, 1890-1975.; McKinney, Frank E. (Frank Edward), 1904-1974.; Pittsburgh Pirates (Baseball team); Swope, Herbert Bayard, 1882-1958.

00:14:21 - Financial problems of the commissioner's office

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Partial Transcript: I'd like to move on to another matter.

Segment Synopsis: Chandler talks about the financial issues he dealt with when he first took office.

Keywords: Cincinnati Post; Judge Landis; Leslie O'Connor; Ned Embry (??)

Subjects: Baseball commissioners; Chicago White Sox (Baseball Team); Landis, Kenesaw Mountain, 1866-1944.; Transylvania University.

00:24:07 - Problems with umpires as commissioner

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Partial Transcript: Getting back to the budget quickly.

Segment Synopsis: Chandler shares his views on umpires and talks about some of the problems that he had with them as baseball commissioner.

Keywords: All-star games

Subjects: All-Star Baseball Game.; American League (Major League Baseball); Baseball umpires.; Harridge, Will, 1883-1971.; Major League Baseball (Organization); National League (Major League Baseball); World Series (Baseball)

00:30:36 - Michael Todd / the Hank Borowy deal

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Partial Transcript: Let me, let me switch from that.

Segment Synopsis: Chandler talks about promoter Michael Todd and the deal for Hank Borowy, a pitcher for the Cubs.

Keywords: Chandler Medical Center; Colonel Gottlieb; Hank Borowy; Nuremburg Stadium (Germany)

Subjects: Chicago Cubs (Baseball team); MacPhail, Larry, 1890-1975.; Pitchers (Baseball); Taylor, Elizabeth, 1932-2011.; Todd, Michael, 1909-1958.

00:35:04 - The Ernie Stewart case

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Partial Transcript: There was a, another case that interests me quite a bit.

Segment Synopsis: Chandler talks about the unjust firing of umpire Ernie Stewart, and the unfair treatment that many other umpires received at that time.

Keywords: Ernie Stewart; Shag Crawford

Subjects: Baseball umpires; Conlan, Jocko, 1899-.; Harridge, Will, 1883-1971.; Klem, William J.; Summers, Bill, 1895-1966.; Vargo, Edward P.; Ward, Arch, 1896-1955.

00:41:09 - The 1945 World Series / sportswriters

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember that first World Series, that 1945 World Series?

Segment Synopsis: Chandler talks about the first World Series he attended, as well as many of the sports writers he was friends with.

Keywords: Detroit (Mich.); Mexican League; World Series (1945)

Subjects: Frick, Ford C.; Harridge, Will, 1883-1971; Lieb, Fred, 1888-.; Liga Mexicana de Beisbol Profesional; Smith, Red, 1905-1982.; World Series (Baseball)

00:44:54 - The Briggs Family

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Partial Transcript: When Leslie O'Connor left, which was I think after the World Series.

Segment Synopsis: Chandler talks about his relationship with the Briggs family.

Keywords: "Muddy" Rule; First Security National Bank and Trust Company; Spike Briggs Jr.; World Series

Subjects: Detroit Tigers (Baseball team); Hart, Philip A. (Philip Aloysius), 1912-1976.; Ruel, Herold Dominic, 1896-1963.; Troutman, George W.; World Series (Baseball)

00:50:36 - Resignation from the Senate

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Partial Transcript: You resigned your senate seat on November First...

Segment Synopsis: Chandler talks about resigning his from the Senate and his friends who were in Congress. He talks about the arrangements he made with Mutual Broadcasting System regarding radio rights to the World Series.

Keywords: Oliver Wendell Holmes; Senator Harry Byrd; World Series

Subjects: Byrd, Harry Clifton, 1889-1970.; Feller, Bob, 1918-2010.; Glass, Carter, 1858-1946.; Johnson, Hiram, 1866-1945.; Mutual Broadcasting System.

00:59:14 - The Pacific Coast League

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Partial Transcript: This, this was a, was an interesting meeting...

Segment Synopsis: Chandler talks about the Pacific Coast League plea, and his work on the banquet circuit.

Keywords: "Banquet circuit"; George Denman; John DeMoisey; Minor Leagues

Subjects: Minor league baseball.; Pacific Coast League.; University of Kentucky.

01:13:08 - Traveling / setting up the player pension plan / the ticket price controversy

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Partial Transcript: How much would you say that you were in the office?

Segment Synopsis: Chandler talks about traveling from Cincinnati to Lexington to be with his family on the weekends.He discusses setting up the player pension plan, as well as the controversy over ticket prices. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Carew Tower; Netherland Plaza; Pension plans; Player pension plan; Ticket prices; Tom Gallery

Subjects: Cincinnati (Ohio); New York Yankees (Baseball team)