Remembering commissioner Bowie Kuhn
Quick, though: What did Bowie Kuhn do?
One fact has been cited many times since the news of Kuhn's passing on Thursday: When he took over as commissioner in 1969, the average player salary in the majors was $19,000; when he left in 1984, it was $330,000 (which doesn't seem like much today but seemed like a king's ransom or two in '84). This fact, though, while it perhaps tells us a great deal about what happened during Kuhn's tenure, tells us little about what he actually did.
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