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Happy Chandler

Happy Chandler

Happy Chandler
Albert Benjamin Chandler

Induction Information
Elected to Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee in 1982, Executive/Pioneer
Hall of Fame plaque for Happy Chandler

Born: July 14, 1898, in Corydon, Kentucky
Died: June 15, 1991, in Versailles, Kentucky

After succeeding the larger-than-life Kenesaw Mountain Landis as commissioner in 1945, Albert "Happy" Chandler guided baseball through six turbulent years. A former U.S. senator and governor of Kentucky, the honest Chandler maintained the commissioner's office as a position of authority. He took swift action against players who left to play in the Mexican League and presided over the game when Brooklyn Dodgers� president Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson in 1945 and integrated Major League baseball in 1947.

"Happy was somebody I loved like my own father. He was as fine and memorable a person as the gave ever produced, and that's over 150 years. -1991"
   — Bowie Kuhn

Did You Know... that during the first six months of his tenure as commissioner, Happy Chandler continued to serve as U.S. Senator from Kentucky?

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