Ford Frick

Ford Christopher Frick
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1970
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Primary position: Executive

Ford Frick worked as a sportswriter and broadcaster before becoming the National League President in 1934. As president, he provided the official support necessary to establish the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. When opposition arose to Jackie Robinson playing in the majors in 1947, Frick warned potential strikers that they would “be barred from baseball even though it means the disruption of a club or a whole league.” Frick became Commissioner in 1951, serving in that post for 14 seasons and overseeing relocation, expansion and the transition from radio to television, which broadened coverage of the game.

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Year Inducted: 1970
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Position Played: Executive
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Birth place: Wawaka, Indiana
Birth year: 1894