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RIP Bowie Kuhn

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Inky_Wretch, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Just moved on wire...
  2. ondeadline

    ondeadline Active Member

    I remember hating his decisions as a kid, but he was commish during a difficult time.
  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    much of it, his own making.
  4. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    He was still alive?
  5. badmoon

    badmoon Member

    Certainly a man of rigid integrity, but one incapable of navigating the narrow passage between the old-school owners (and some of the new-school ones as well) used to getting their way and the suddenly empowered players.
    Inspired one of Red Smith's better lines -- that his shirts were "impeccably stuffed" -- and had the unfortunate habit, passed down to Selig, of sitting in freezing cold stadiums pretending that the weather was fine. (Actually Bud has that porn theater trench coat he always wears, but the comparison seems apt.)
    Maybe no one could have succeeded during that period as commissioner. Kuhn obviously did not and, hate to bring it up on this day, but he should be remembered most for two dreadful words: Designated Hitter.
  6. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

  7. ondeadline

    ondeadline Active Member

    How sad is it that Bowie Kuhn dies and the thread about it barely has any life?
  8. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    His work as commissioner looks much better with each passing season.
  9. Pringle

    Pringle Active Member

    Kuhn was appointed as an owners' patsy and he carried out his job in that fashion. He did whatever it took to stay on the owners' good graces, including an embarrassingly heated defense of the "reserve clause" in the Curt Flood case that eventually made Kuhn a national laughingstock among a sporting press that was initially in his pocket on the issue, as well as calling Jim Bouton into the principal's office and giving him the "opportunity" to retract "Ball Four."

    He wanted to put Negro League Hall of Fame plaques in a separate wing (long live Strom Thurmond!) and he wasn't present the night Hank Aaron hit his 715th home run because he has a "previous obligation."
  10. boots

    boots New Member

    Fuck Bowie. He didn't do Hank Aaron right in any way. I'm sure Hank wasn't shedding a tear. Bowie was a lackie and a very well liked one at that.
  11. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    That's what commissioners do. They're hired by the owners. They're paid by the owners. They work for the owners. If they stray from that, they get fired, like Fay Vincent did.

    Why do people think the commissioner is some great independent power dedicated to the good of baseball?
  12. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

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