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The bosses of baseball: from Landis to Selig to ... Bush 43?

Could professional baseball be back in President Bush's future once his White House days end? Given his background as a former part-owner of the Texas Rangers, it seems conceivable. The most logical post: commissioner. On the other hand, Bud Selig has held those reins for nine years (and even longer if you factor in his service as acting commissioner), and under him a new season of peace and prosperity will open Sunday. It hasn't always been that way. When Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was installed as the first commissioner in 1921 it was partly as a response to the Black Sox betting scandal in the World Series two years earlier and the need to end feuding among club owners. The eight men who've served as commissioner, their years in office and inclusive dates:

Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis (24) 1921-44
A.B. "Happy" Chandler (7) 1945-51
Ford Frick (15) 1951-65
Gen. William Eckert (4) 1965-68
Bowie Kuhn (16) 1969-84
Peter Ueberroth (5) 1984-88
A. Bartlett Giamatti (2) 1988-89
Fay Vincent, Jr. (4) 1989-92
Bud Selig (9) 1998-present

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