Kuhn, Bowie, 1926-2007

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Bowie Kuhn was the Commissioner of Major League Baseball for three terms from 1969 to 1984. A lawyer by trade, Kuhn oversaw the introduction of free agency, the addition of six clubs, and World Series games played at night. He oversaw the game during a time of great labor conflict, including strikes in 1972, 1976 and 1981. He also intervened a number of times in the affairs of teams, most famously in 1976 by preventing Oakland Athletics owner Charles Finley from selling off three of his star players who were threatening to leave as free agents at the end of the season. He mediated the owners' decision to play a split season in 1981. He was the named defendant in the Flood v. Kuhn suit which was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1973 and temporarily upheld the reserve clause. In 1999, The Sporting News named Kuhn the 60th most powerful person in sports in the 20th century. He was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

From the description of Bowie K Kuhn Scrapbook : scrapbook, 1969. (National Baseball Hall of Fame). WorldCat record id: 780065587

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creatorOf University of Virginia. University News Office. Recordings of University events [manuscript], 1975-1985. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Ira Berkow, papers, undated, 1960-2011 American Jewish Historical Society
referencedIn Designated Hitter Meetings and Notes correspondence 1973-1986. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn White House & MLB Correspondence : letters 1954-1977. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
creatorOf Kuhn, Bowie, 1926-2007. Bowie K Kuhn Collection : papers 1932-1997. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
creatorOf Kuhn, Bowie, 1926-2007. Bowie K Kuhn Scrapbook : scrapbook, 1969. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn Hank Aaron Scrapbook : scrapbook, 1973-1974. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn Holtzman, Jerome. The commissioners : uncorrected proof, 1998, Feb. 13 / [Jerome Holtzman]. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
referencedIn [Player File : Kuhn, Bowie Kent, 1969- / compiled by the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, N.Y.] National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, NBHOF
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associatedWith ABC Sports. corporateBody
associatedWith American League of Professional Baseball Clubs. corporateBody
associatedWith Baltimore Orioles (Baseball team) corporateBody
associatedWith Baseball Writers Association of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Berkow, Ira person
associatedWith Blue, Vida, 1949- person
associatedWith Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991. person
associatedWith Collegiate Student Athlete Protection Act. corporateBody
associatedWith Finley, Charles Oscar, 1918-1996. person
associatedWith Flood, Curt, 1938-1997. person
associatedWith Holtzman, Jerome. person
associatedWith Jenkins, Ferguson, 1943- person
associatedWith Kansas City Royals (Baseball team) corporateBody
associatedWith Major League Baseball. corporateBody
associatedWith Major League Baseball (Organization) corporateBody
associatedWith Major League Baseball Players Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Mays, Willie, 1931- person
associatedWith Miller, Marvin, 1917- person
associatedWith National Association (Baseball) corporateBody
associatedWith National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. corporateBody
associatedWith National Labor Relations Board. corporateBody
associatedWith National League of Professional Baseball Clubs. corporateBody
associatedWith New York Yankees (Baseball team) corporateBody
associatedWith Oakland Athletics (Baseball team) corporateBody
associatedWith Office of the Commissioner (Baseball) corporateBody
associatedWith Office of the Commissioner Baseball. corporateBody
associatedWith Player Relations Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith Steinbrenner, George M. (George Michael), 1930-2010. person
associatedWith Turner, Ted, 1938-. person
associatedWith University of Virginia. University News Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Winfield, Dave, 1951- person
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Labor disputes
Spring training (Baseball)
Strikes and lockouts
Legislative hearings
Collective labor agreements
Action and Defense--Law and legislation
Olympics--Los Angeles
Antitrust law
Baseball
Fans--Surveys
Baseball players
Television and baseball
Radio and baseball
Tours
Olympics--Seoul
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Birth 1926-10-28

Death 2007-03-15

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