From the Vault: Happy Chandler in '85 talkin' baseball

04/05/2011 10:22 AM

In honor of the start of the 2011 Major League Baseball season, Pure Politics dug out an interview with A.B. “Happy” Chandler, the former Kentucky governor and U.S. Senator — and baseball commissioner from 1945-1951.

Chandler, in a 1985 interview, compared Ty Cobb to “this boy,” Pete Rose, who broke Cobb’s career hits record on Sept. 11, 1985.

He also talked about players’ salaries, the prospect of a strike at the time and team relocation, noting that Brooklyn and Washington suffered after losing teams. (Washington has since gotten a team — Brooklyn, not so much).

Our latest “From the Vault” segment, which aired Friday, April 1:

- Ryan Alessi


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