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Poll Time: Favorite MLB Commissioner

Baseball Magazine Cover With Judge Landis
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I’m stealing from Lone Star Ball, which has been running random polls almost every day. Since there isn’t much for baseball to write about, it seems like a good idea. There are only so many times we can talk about players vs. owners.

On the list of Commissioners, the name I don’t remember at all is Spike Eckert. He was commissioner from late 1965 to the winter of 1968. He was there for the first collective bargaining agreement with the players (and the start of Marvin Miller’s time with the Players Association). He saw a time of expansion: Seattle, Kansas City (after the move of the A’s from KC to Oakland), Montreal, and San Diego. He had the usual problems with the owners. If you want to read about him, SABR has a profile here.

Next came Bowie Kuhn, who seem to spend most of his time fighting with Charlie Finley and then with Marvin Miller. Peter Ueberroth seemed young and more fan-friendly after Kuhn.

I liked Bart Giamatti and Fay Vincent; they seemed to be fans of the game. Then came Bud Selig, who didn’t seem to like the game and spent his time helping his owner buddies and trying to kill the Expos.

Anyway, please give us your vote, let us know why in the comments.


Who is your favorite MLB Commissioner?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Rob Manfred
    (3 votes)
  • 13%
    Bud Selig
    (15 votes)
  • 20%
    Fay Vincent
    (22 votes)
  • 21%
    Bart Giamatti
    (24 votes)
  • 4%
    Peter Ueberroth
    (5 votes)
  • 2%
    Bowie Kuhn
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Spike Eckert
    (1 vote)
  • 3%
    Ford Frick
    (4 votes)
  • 8%
    Happy Chandler
    (9 votes)
  • 21%
    Kenesaw Mountain Landis
    (24 votes)
110 votes total Vote Now