William Eckert

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Birthdate 1/20/1909
Death Date 4/16/1971
Debut Year 1965
Year of Induction
Teams MLB
Position Commissioner

William “Spike” Eckert was a lieutenant general in the Air Force and served as the fourth commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1965-1968.

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Spike Eckert was the first Commissioner of Baseball not to reach Cooperstown

Spike Eckert was the first Commissioner of Baseball not to reach Cooperstown

Baseball employed only three commissioners before owners tabbed William “Spike” Eckert to start his reign on November 17, 1965. The leaders before him each went into the Hall of Fame — Judge Landis, Happy Chandler, and Ford Frick — as did Bowie Kuhn after him. Though now a me
Commissioner Eckert presided over baseball's 1969 expansion

Commissioner Eckert presided over baseball's 1969 expansion

As Commissioner of Baseball, Spike Eckert oversaw Major League Baseball’s expansion into four cities. Lucky fans in San Diego, Montreal, Seattle, and Kansas City got teams. The Seattle Pilot franchise relocated to Milwaukee and became the Brewers while the Montreal Expos became the Washington Nationals. In the collection is this letter

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