“He is credited with making the national pastime truly national...He served on baseball’s five-man Executive Council for 28 years, longer than any other owner. By exercising influence beyond his single vote, he virtually dictated the selection of several baseball commissioners and league presidents. It was his disapproval that was generally credited with blocking the National League’s adoption of the designated hitter rule.”

Penelope McMillanLos Angeles Times, August 10, 1979
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