Bowie Kuhn

Birthdate 10/28/1926
Death Date 3/15/2007
Debut Year 1969
Year of Induction 2007
Teams MLB
Positions Commissioner, Executive

Bowie Kuhn served almost 20 years as legal counsel for Major League Baseball owners before becoming the game’s 5th commissioner in 1969.

In the collection:

Bowie Kuhn invites Casey Stengel to Baseball's centennial celebration in 1969

Bowie Kuhn invites Casey Stengel to Baseball's centennial celebration in 1969

One of the perks of the position as Commissioner of Baseball is interacting with former players. In this letter dated May 8, 1969 Bowie Kuhn writes to Casey Stengel inviting him to Baseball’s centennial saying in part, “It is with extreme pleasure that I extend to you an
Bowie Kuhn invites Red Faber to Baseball's centennial celebration in 1969

Bowie Kuhn invites Red Faber to Baseball's centennial celebration in 1969

One of the perks of the position as Commissioner of Baseball is interacting with former players. In this letter dated May 8, 1969 Bowie Kuhn writes to Red Faber inviting him to Baseball’s centennial saying in part, “It is with extreme pleasure that I extend to you an
Envelope for Bowie Kuhn letter to Red Faber

Envelope for Bowie Kuhn letter to Red Faber

Imagine the thrill Red Faber felt when he received this envelope in the mail from the Commissioner of Baseball, Bowie Kuhn. Retired from the game since 1933, the aging Faber was was 80 years old when the mailman beckoned. The four-time 20-game winner won 254 career games, all with the Chicago White
Commissioner Kuhn confirms attendance of HoFer Max Carey at Baseball's centennial

Commissioner Kuhn confirms attendance of HoFer Max Carey at Baseball's centennial

Bowie Kuhn became Commissioner of Baseball in 1969 just in time for the Centennial celebration. In this letter to Hall of Fame outfielder Max Carey, Kuhn acknowledges Carey’s attendance to the event. Kuhn writes that he’s delighted Carey will attend and that
Bowie Kuhn handwritten note from 1999

Bowie Kuhn handwritten note from 1999

In this handwritten letter Bowie Kuhn writes to a fan 15 years after concluding his career as commissioner. During his time as baseball’s chief the game enjoyed unprecedented attendance gains from 23 million in 1968, the year before he took over to 45.5 million in 1983 the year before he left the game.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

"Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball…"

~Jacques Barzun, 1954