On February 4, 1969 — Bowie Kuhn, a compromise candidate elected to an interim one-year term after the owners cannot overcome the stalemate between the NL’s strong support of Giants vice president Chub Feeney and the AL’s staunch choice of Yankee president Michael Burke, becomes baseball’s fifth commissioner, a position he will hold until 1984. The 42 year-old former National League attorney, a future Hall of Famer for the role he will play during a turbulent time in the game, replaces William Eckert, who was forced to resign after serving only three years of his seven-year term.

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