Wikipedia article of the day for June 15, 2018
The Wikipedia article of the day for June 15, 2018 is Happy Chandler.
Happy Chandler (1898–1991) was the 44th Governor of Kentucky (1935–1939), a member of the U.S. Senate, the Commissioner of Baseball, and the 49th Governor of Kentucky (1955–1959). In his first term as governor, he oversaw the repeal of the sales tax, replacing the lost revenue with new excise taxes and the state’s first income tax, and helped improve the state’s education and transportation systems. He resigned as governor so his successor could appoint him to the Senate. A fiscal conservative and disciple of Virginia’s Harry F. Byrd, Chandler opposed parts of Roosevelt’s New Deal and openly disagreed with the president’s decision to prioritize European operations in World War II over the Pacific War. In 1945, he resigned his Senate seat to become the Commissioner of Baseball, succeeding Kenesaw Mountain Landis. He approved Jackie Robinson’s contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers, initiating the integration of Major League Baseball.