Happy Chandler

Saving Stories: Jackie's Triumph Meant The Eventual Death Of The Negro Baseball League

Apr 19, 2016
baseballhall.org

In this episode of Saving Stories we hear from Effa Manley, a powerful co-owner of the Newark Eagles of the Negro Baseball League.  She says the integration of Major League Baseball in 1947 hastened the demise of a business she and other black entrepreneurs helped create and sustain.

Associated Press

Public TV viewers this week got their first look at Ken Burns's documentary on Jackie Robinson.  Ben Chandler's grandfather, A.B. "Happy" Chandler was MLB Commissioner when Jackie broke the color barrier.  On the anniversary of his debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers (April 15, 1947) we speak with Ben and hear the historic tale from Happy himself; audio courtesy of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries.