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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In the collection:

Commissioner Eckert writes to

Commissioner Eckert writes to "The Man" on Stan Musial Day

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 mere footnote in the history of the game, Eckert was its leader
Commissioner Eckert receives official word from Padres president Buzzie Bavasi

Commissioner Eckert receives official word from Padres president Buzzie Bavasi

As Commissioner of Baseball, Spike Eckert oversaw Major League Baseball’s expansion into San Diego, Montreal, Seattle, and Kansas City. In the collection is this letter written by Padres minority owner, team president, and GM Buzzie Bavasi. Dated less than a month before Eckert’s time as

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