Sport: A Commissioner on Deck

Peter Ueberroth lines up work after the Olympics

The only baseball commissioner with an impossible act to follow was Albert B. ("Happy") Chandler, who succeeded Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis in 1945.

"Ol' Hap," as most folks called Chandler then, and practically everyone does still, gave up a perfectly comfortable Senate seat because he imagined the work might be more restful than politics. "As Governor of Kentucky," says Chandler, 85, "I signed 36 death warrants. Two of them were hanged for rape in the courthouse yard." But as he was soon to learn—and as Ford Frick, Spike Eckert and Bowie Kuhn all discovered in...

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