On April 24, 1945 —  Happy Chandler becomes the second baseball commissioner. The major league owners unanimously elect the former governor of Kentucky on the first ballot and reward him with a seven-year contract. Chandler succeeds Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the game’s first commissioner, who died in 1944.

 


Subscribe to This Day In Baseball

Get our latest Posts in your in box


This Day In Baseball on Patreon


Sources:

Baseball Reference April 24

SABR Games Project

National Pastime April 24

Hall of Fame

Retro Sheet