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Jul 30th, 2009 at 16:42 GMT
This is one bear of a quiz. But it is of good quality.
Jul 30th, 2009 at 16:51 GMT
Had no idea Jim Thorpe was the first NFL Commish. What didn't he do?
Jul 30th, 2009 at 17:00 GMT
LOL, I kept typing in Paul Giamatti because the name was familiar and was sure he was commish. After taking off the first name I figured out I was merging two commissioners into Fred Claus's brother.
Jul 30th, 2009 at 17:02 GMT
Updated, I looked it up, turns out Paul Giamatti is his son! Thank you for giving me 1 more piece of useless knowledge Sporcle!
Jul 30th, 2009 at 17:05 GMT
the first commish of baseball has by far the best name
Jul 30th, 2009 at 17:15 GMT
I was confused when I entered "Gary Buttman" and nothing came up.
Jul 30th, 2009 at 17:23 GMT
I got A.B. Happy Chandler cause i tried to type in Abner Doubleday...who, it turns out from the wikipedia page I just looked at, didn't even invent baseball.
Jul 30th, 2009 at 17:34 GMT
@geowiz85 - very cool name. Unfortunately, he was also apparently the driving force against racially integrating baseball, which finally happened a year or two after he died.
Jul 30th, 2009 at 17:49 GMT
Since Bart Giamatti's name is mentioned here, I think it would be appropriate to say - FREE PETE ROSE!!!!!
Jul 30th, 2009 at 18:09 GMT
Neat quiz. Actually spelled the 84-89 MLB commish right on the first try. That totally makes up for the guys I forgot/never knew of.
Jul 30th, 2009 at 18:36 GMT
Selig has only been the commissioner since 1998. From 1992-1998 he was the acting commissioner. There was no official commissioner for those years and many thought that there would never be another one.
Jul 30th, 2009 at 18:57 GMT
Kidcanada, Landis definitely made it harder to integrate, but just so it's clear, baseball had been segregated for about 35 years before he came to power, so he didn't start that. ... Bryant, if you think Rose should be allowed to work in baseball, you're terribly misguided. ... bsd1987, Selig was the de facto commissioner and I don't believe his responsibilities have changed since he gained the official title. I think it's appropriate to list his reign since '92 (though perhaps a note could be added with the detail you mentioned).
Jul 30th, 2009 at 19:09 GMT
Knowing the names of hockey trophies and the old conference names is a help for the NHL portion.
Jul 30th, 2009 at 19:17 GMT
worst commish - bettman - terrible ambassador for the sport - how many times does he have to get booed when awarding the stanley cup trophy to realize hockey fans want him to GO!
Jul 30th, 2009 at 20:31 GMT
I don't follow hockey much -- why is Bettman so hated?
Jul 30th, 2009 at 20:39 GMT
technically, Rozelle was the first "commissioner," others were league presidents. Same goes for Bettman.
Jul 30th, 2009 at 21:05 GMT
Landis is probably the worst commish by modern standards, but in fairness, he was also the commissioner of baseball when it became the most popular sports league in the United States. I still think the worst of the group of is the beloved Roger Goodell--for all of his tough guy authoritarian posturing, the NFL could end up with a work stoppage soon because the commissioner is too busy punishing people for personal conduct violations without convictions.
Jul 30th, 2009 at 21:07 GMT
Funny how so many people know Bart Giamatti, he was only commissioner for a few months
Jul 30th, 2009 at 21:08 GMT
@Moo: Probably the same reason a lot of people get William Henry Harrison on the presidential quiz. Banning Pete Rose and having an oft-replayed press conference ("a sad end to a sorry episode") also helps the old Q rating.
Jul 30th, 2009 at 21:50 GMT
If anyone was the 'driving force' behind segregation (though really, it was a function of the era/society), it would be Cap Anson, baseball's first true megastar. I think Landis, for the most part, was a good commissioner, and he guided baseball through its worst scandal ever, the 1919 World Series and the Black Sox. Some writers will try to convince you that the steroid era is just as damaging as the Black Sox scandal; these writers, IMO, have their heads firmly wedged up their rear ends. The Black Sox scandal, if not managed properly, could have derailed the MLB permanently and turned it into a joke of a league. Landis did everything he could to make sure this didn't happen, and I don't think he gets the proper credit for that. Most people would say Babe Ruth saved baseball, but I think Judge Landis deserves just as much, if not more credit.
Jul 30th, 2009 at 22:07 GMT
guyleguy, agree completely on gambling vs steroids and Landis's role in crushing it. The 1919 Series is notorious, but MANY games at that time were not played on the level, including (probably) some earlier Series.
Jul 30th, 2009 at 23:03 GMT
Kenesaw Mountain Landis is an epic name.
Jul 31st, 2009 at 01:48 GMT
This quiz was awesome for telling me how few commissioners I could remember...and Antichrist should be acceptable for Bettman... =D
Jul 31st, 2009 at 02:47 GMT
I don't agree that Landis handled the Black Sox Scandal that well. First, baseball tried to cover the whole thing up. After that didn't work, he painted with too broad of a brush and unfairly banned Buck Weaver and Shoeless Joe (Weaver especially was an atrocity even though Joe is more famous).
Jul 31st, 2009 at 05:04 GMT
Knuckles: I don't know about other Series games, but a lot of regular season games were thrown, especially when Prince Hal Chase was around. Now there was a bad, bad man. ronny: Weaver might be innocent, but Shoeless Joe? I'm sorry that it ruined a HoF career, but Joe was 100% guilty, and was even angry about getting stiffed on his full share of the money for participating in the fix. I love the guy, I think he was manipulated, but in the end, he cheated the game, and he did the one truly unforgivable thing.
Sep 24th, 2009 at 01:35 GMT
jon, the commissioner's position isn't chosen based on fan popularity. It's chosen by owners who are going to pick someone who best achieves their agenda(s), and fans be damned until and unless they start staying away. So, you and others may want to curse the capitalist nature of pro sports rather than a puppet like Bettman. If he wasn't there, the person in his place would be doing the exact same thing as him. So, you and others may want to get over it and move on or quit watching sports altogether.
Jun 11th, 2010 at 18:23 GMT
@Nuclear_Knuckles: for one reason, Bettman is hated for his asinine plan to put teams in non-traditional markets while doing nothing for the traditional markets. Biased officiating runs rampant, often to the blatant benefit of the aforementioned non-traditional markets. He also was at the helm when an entire season was lost, and there is still no national TV deal. Long story short: he's a moron with an ego the size of Montana.
Sep 21st, 2010 at 01:07 GMT
I read an article recently that the Chicago National League Ball Club threw the 1918 Series to the BoSox. Also, when Landis (or was it Chandler?) retired, he reportedly said "There was a vacancy in the office of Commissioner, and they decided to continue with it." or something to that effect.
Oct 15th, 2010 at 21:35 GMT
I missed Roger Goddell.
Feb 12th, 2011 at 21:26 GMT
I missed Ford Frick. My score should have an asterisk attached to it. :P
May 21st, 2011 at 01:38 GMT
Jun 25th, 2011 at 02:08 GMT
take out the hockey section and make it a big 3.(hockey is so lame)
Aug 29th, 2011 at 21:33 GMT
: Unlike, say, dog fighting?
Jan 13th, 2012 at 02:23 GMT
I was invited to play this quiz but as I'm a european who has spent most of his adult life living in Asia, the only Commissioner that I know is Gordon from the Batman movies.
Feb 18th, 2012 at 22:19 GMT
So, basically all of the current commissioners suck at their current job!
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