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Ford Frick

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Ford Christopher Frick (December 19, 1894 - April 8, 1978) was an American sportswriter and executive who served as president of the National League from 1934 to 1951 and as Baseball Commissioner from 1951 to 1965. His most highly criticized decision as commissioner was to convince baseball record-keepers to list the single-season home run records of Babe Ruth and Roger Maris separately in 1961, based on the length of the season played. Later it was revealed that Frick had served as a ghostwriter for Ruth earlier in his career.

Frick had begun his career as a midwestern sportswriter and had moved to New York to work with William Randolph Hearst's newspapers. Later he pioneered the daily radio sports report, broadcasting sports scores and news. In 1934 he became the National League's public relations director, and then became president of the league later that year. In the late 1930s, Frick played a central role in establishing the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Later during his tenure as National League president, when several members of the St. Louis Cardinals planned to protest Jackie Robinson's breaking of baseball's color barrier, Frick threatened any players involved with suspension. In 1951, he succeeded Happy Chandler as commissioner of baseball.

Frick was himself inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970. The Hall of Fame created the Ford C. Frick Award in 1978 to honor his name, and presents the award annually to a baseball broadcaster for major contributions to the game.

External link

  • An obituary (http://www.thedeadballera.com/Obits/Frick.Ford.Obit.html)


Preceded by:
Albert "Happy" Chandler
Commissioner of Baseball
1951–1965
Succeeded by:
William Eckert

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Preceded by:
John Heydler
National League president
1934–1951
Succeeded by:
Warren Giles

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