Death of Bowie Kuhn

October 28, 1926 - March 15, 2007
| Age 80

Former baseball commissioner dead at 80
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Bowie Kuhn, the bespectacled lawyer who oversaw baseball's transformation from sport to a business of free agents making multimillion-dollar salaries, died Thursday. He was 80.

The former commissioner died at St. Luke's Hospital in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., following a short illness, spokesman Bob Wirz said.

Kuhn presided for 15 tumultuous years, the second-longest tenure among nine commissioners.

When Kuhn took over from William Eckert on Feb. 4, 1969, baseball just...

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