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Ford Frick

Ford Frick, (December 19, 1894-April 8, 1978), American sportswriter and executive, served as president of the National League from 1934 to 1951 and as baseball commissioner from 1951 to 1965. His most infamous order as commissioner was to convince baseball record keepers to list the single-season home run records of Babe Ruth and Roger Maris separately in 1961.

Later it was revealed that Frick had served as a ghostwriter for Ruth earlier in his career.

Frick had begun his career as a midwestern sportswriter and moved to New York to work with William Randolph Hearst's newspapers. Later he pioneered the daily radio sports report, broadcasting sports scores and news. In 1934 he became the National League's public relations director and then became president of the league later that year. During his tenure as National League president, when several members of the St. Louis Cardinals planned to protest Jackie Robinson's breaking of baseball's color barrier, Frick threatened any players involved with suspension. In 1951, he succeeded Happy Chandler as commissioner of baseball.

Frick was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970. The Hall of Fame created the Ford C. Frick Award in 1978 to honor his name, and presents the award annually to a baseball broadcaster for major contributions to the game.