Bowie Kuhn

MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn

Profession: MLB Commissioner

United States of America

Biography: Bowie Kuhn was an American lawyer and sports administrator, best known for serving as the fifth Commissioner of Major League Baseball (1969-1984). He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.

Prior to be selected as commissioner, Kuhn was even as a lawyer involved in baseball having served as legal counsel to Major League Baseball owners for nearly 20 years. Kuhn then took over when the owners removed his predecessor, William Eckert.

Born: October 28, 1926
Birthplace: Takoma Park, Maryland, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Tiger
Star Sign: Scorpio

Died: March 15, 2007 (aged 80)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Historical Events

  • 1968-02-04 Bowie Kuhn replaces William Eckert as 5th commissioner of baseball
  • 1969-08-13 Temp Commissioner Bowie Kuhn elected for 7-year term by unanimous vote
  • 1969-12-24 Curt Flood writes to baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn refusing to accept the Cardinals’ right to deal him and in favor of free agency
  • 1970-06-01 MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn reprimands Houston Astros pitcher Jim Bouton for writing memoir "Ball Four"
  • 1970-09-09 Bowie Kuhn suspends Denny McLain for carrying a gun
  • 1971-07-07 MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces that Negro League players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame to be given full membership in the Museum
  • 1974-11-28 Bowie Kuhn suspends George Steinbrenner for 2 years
  • 1975-07-16 Major League Baseball owners re-elect Commissioner Bowie Kuhn to a 7-year term
  • 1976-06-18 Bowie Kuhn voids Oakland A's sales of players, totaling $35 million - Joe Rudi & Rollie Fingers to Boston Red Sox, and Vida Blue to NY Yankees
  • 1976-12-16 Charlie Finley's $10 million damage suit against Bowie Kuhn begins
  • 1977-01-02 MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner for one year due to tampering charges in Gary Matthews free-agency signing
  • 1978-04-07 US Court of Appeals upholds Commissioner Bowie Kuhn's voiding of attempted player sales by A's owner Charlie Finley in June 1976
  • 1979-03-09 MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn orders baseball to give equal access to female reporters
  • 1980-09-08 Bowie Kuhn suspends Ferguson Jenkins indefinitely due to drug arrest
  • 1982-11-01 MLB owners vote not to renew Commissioner Bowie Kuhn's contract; AL owners vote for Kuhn, 11-3, and NL, 7-5, 2 shy of 3/4 majority required for re-election; eventually replaced by Peter Ueberroth
  • 1984-07-26 Bowie Kuhn announces pitcher Vida Blue is suspended for the rest of 1984 due to cocaine conviction
  • 1984-09-30 Bowie Kuhn ends career as Baseball Commissioner
  • 1984-10-01 Peter Ueberroth replaces Bowie Kuhn as 6th commissioner of Major League Baseball; he has a 4 year tenure

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