Bowie Kuhn was Major League Baseball’s fifth commissioner and served for 16 years between 1969 and 1984. Prior to his time as the commissioner, Kuhn received a Law Degree from the University of Virginia and served as legal counsel for Major League Baseball for nearly twenty years. During his tenure attendance, salaries, franchise values, and revenue all dramatically increased as there was expanded television coverage. During his first year in office, both leagues were reorganized to include an East and a West division which in turn created the League Championship Series, and he also introduced the first night game in a World Series which attracted a much larger audience as it was now aired during prime time. He played a major part in the Hall of Fame’s decision to include Negro League players into the Hall of Fame. Bowie Kuhn retired after the 1984 season and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.
-Michael Rinehart Jr.
August 4, 2011