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Bowie Kuhn

MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn

Profession: MLB Commissioner

United States of America

Why Famous: MLB Commissioner between 1969 and 1984.

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 Astro Jim Bouton for writing "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
  • 1972-10-13 Commish Bowie Kuhn allows Bert Campaneris to play in World Series
  • 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 A's sales, totaling $35 million, of Joe Rudi & Rollie Fingers to Red Sox, & Vida Blue to 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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