Major League Baseball Commissioners

The Commissioner of Baseball

Since its debut during the Civil War, baseball has evolved from a mere recreational activity used by soldiers to pass the time in army camps into a major sporting industry generating millions of dollars of revenue annually. Like any large corporation, there are many positions; both on the field and off, required to keep the business of Major League Baseball running.

Beyond the obvious jobs of coaches and players, there are countless support and administrative personnel facilitating the "behind the scenes" aspects of the sport. Since its inception, professional baseball has appointed one top executive, the Commissioner of Baseball, to oversee the entire operation and maintain the integrity of the game. Unfortunately, like most public officials, the Commissioner is often forgotten in times of prosperity, yet the first to be blamed when problems arise. It is a job that requires not only a tremendous love for the game, but also an even greater patience for the media.

From Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis to Rob Manfred, most Commissioners have experienced disappointment by the fans at one time or another. Still, their legacy is often more positive than negative and all deserve to be remembered as custodians of the game.

"He (Kenesaw Landis) got his job when somebody said, 'Get that old boy who sits behind first base all the time. He's out there every day anyhow.' So they offered him a season's pass and he jumped at it." - Will Rogers
The Commissioners of Major League Baseball

A Biographical History

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Commissioner
Start of Term
End of Term
Seasons
1.

January 21, 1921

November 25, 1944

23

2.

April 24, 1945

July 15, 1951

7

3.

September 20, 1951

November 16, 1965

14

4.

November 17, 1965

November 20, 1968

3

5.

February 4, 1969

September 30, 1984

16

6.

October 1, 1984

September 30, 1988

4

7.

April 1, 1989

September 1, 1989

1

8.

September 13, 1989

September 7, 1992

3

9.
September 7, 1992
Jaunary 24, 2015
23
10.

Rob Manfred

January 25, 2015

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Commissioners of Major League Baseball | Bold = HOF



Who do you believe was the best Commissioner of Major League Baseball? Do they all deserve a place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame? Which one has made the greatest impact on our national pastime (positive and negative) ? Share your knowledge of these men & their legacy on Baseball Fever .
Did you know that the Major League Agreement states that the reelection of a Major League Baseball Commissioner must be considered at a joint owners meeting not more than fifteen months nor less than six months before the end of his term and that a three-fourths majority is required for election to the office?
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