FORD FRICK

Game 96 | April 21, 1961 | Ford Frick
A former sports writer, Frick served as president of the National League from 1934-1951 and as commissioner of baseball from 1951 to 1965. He flew to Minnesota to welcome major league baseball to Minneapolis/St. Paul. Later that year; he was to make his most controversial decision when he ordered an asterisk to be placed next to Roger Maris' record-breaking 61 home runs. He argued that Babe Ruth's 1927 record of 60 home runs was achieved in a shorter season. The asterisk was later removed, and both records were surpassed by Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds.



Wikipedia - Ford Frick


RETURN TO: SPEAKERS LIST