Hardball: The Education of a Baseball Commissioner

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U of Nebraska Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 461 pages
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When Bowie Kuhn became baseball commissioner in 1969, attendance at games was declining, labor disputes were flaring, and many teams were suffering from poor management and marketing. Fifteen years later, when Kuhn retired, the sport was flourishing. Kuhn had overseen tumultuous changes issuing from a challenge to the reserve clause, the 1981 strike, escalated salaries, free agency, and his controversial rulings on matters ranging from gambling to broadcasting. In Hardball Kuhn reveals how the decisions were made and forthrightly challenges his detractors. The former commissioner offers many colorful anecdotes and strong opinions about baseball's greatest legends from Jackie Robinson to Howard Cosell. In a new afterword to this Bison Books edition, Bowie Kuhn, who now resides both in Jacksonville, Florida, and on Long Island, gives his take on the state of baseball since his retirement as commissioner in 1984.
 

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The son of an immigrant father and a mother from an old Maryland family, Kuhn finished Princeton and law school after World War II and later left a corporate law firm to become baseball commissioner ... Read full review

Contents

Voices in the Night
3
Dad Was an Immigrant Mother Liked the Senators
12
Commissioner Landis Beckons
18
The First Year
37
The End of the Honeymoon
63
Curt Flood Meet Marvin Miller
74
The Struggle to Save the Senators
91
The Strike of 72
104
A Man Called George
198
The Old Guard Passes
210
Good Night Sweet Charlie
244
Banning Ted Turner
259
Speaking of SportscastersHoward Cosell
265
Red Smith
274
Tales of Broadcasting
282
The Writers
294

The Legacy of Jackie Robinson
109
While Addressing the Wahoo Club
118
Charles O Finley
126
Reelection
144
The Fox in the Henhouse
154
A Liquidation Sale in Oakland
173
The Battle for Toronto
188
Drugs
303
The Casino Conflict
323
The Unraveling
366
The Bridge to Peter
404
Afterword to the Bison Books Edition
441
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In a new afterword to this Bison Books edition, Bowie Kuhn (1969-2007), gives his take on the state of baseball since his retirement as commissioner in 1984.

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