March 12th, 2013
March 12, 1951 – Baseball Commissioner Happy Chandler loses his bid to remain in office, losing, 9-7, in a vote of Major League owners. Ford Frick will replace Chandler, who started his term in 1945 after the death of the sport’s first commissioner, Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis. Chandler was best known for being in office during Jackie Robinson’s breaking of the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Chandler will be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.