Happy Chandler

Albert Benjamin Chandler
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1982
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Primary position: Executive

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 game ever produced, and that's over 150 years. "
Bowie Kuhn, 1991

Career stats

Year Inducted: 1982
Primary Team:
Position Played: Executive
Birth place: Corydon, Kentucky
Birth year: 1898
Died: 1991, Versailles, Kentucky