» February 4, 1969: Attorney Bowie Kuhn is a compromise choice for commissioner of baseball and is elected on a pro-tem basis.
» March 8, 1969: National League President Warren Giles and Commissioner Bowie Kuhn say the Rusty Staub deal stands, that
Donn Clendenon belongs to the Expos, and that Montreal and Houston will have to come to agreement on further compensation.
» August 13, 1969:
Commissioner Bowie Kuhn is elected for a 7-year term by unanimous vote of ML owners.
» August 28, 1969:
At a press conference in New York, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces the publication of The Baseball Encyclopedia and holds up a copy of the six 1/2 pound book.
» February 19, 1970: Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces the suspension of Tigers ace Denny McLain, effective April 1st, for McLain's alleged involvement in a bookmaking operation. The suspension will last three months.
» March 24, 1970: Commissioner Kuhn orders a halt to the use of X-5 balls.
» June 1, 1970: By reprimanding Astro Jim Bouton in a private meeting for writing the controversial book Ball Four, Commissioner Kuhn helps put the book on the bestseller list and make it a classic.
» September 9, 1970: Bowie Kuhn hands Denny McLain his third suspension of the year, this one is for carrying a gun, plus other unspecified charges, and ends McLain's season with a 3-5 record.
» May 6, 1971: Commissioner Bowie Kuhn signs ML baseball to a $72 million television contract with NBC.
» July 7, 1971: Commissioner Kuhn announces that players from the Negro Leagues elected to the Hall of Fame will be given full membership in the museum. It had been previously announced that they would be honored in a separate wing.
» February 8, 1972: Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces the Hall of Fame selection of Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard by the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues.
» October 13, 1972: Commissioner Kuhn announces that Bert Campaneris will be allowed to play in the World Series.
» February 1, 1973: Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces the selection of Monte Irvin for the Hall of Fame by the Special Committee on the Negro Leagues.
» March 11, 1974: With Hank Aaron needing only one home run to tie Babe Ruth's career record (714), Atlanta plans to save the event for a home audience by benching him on the road. Commissioner Kuhn plans otherwise, ordering the Braves to start Aaron in at least two of the team's three season-opening games in Cincinnati.
» April 4, 1974: At Riverfront Stadium, in his first swing of the season, Hank Aaron hits a 3-run home run off Jack Billingham as the Braves lose to the Reds 7–6 in 11 innings. It comes on a 3–1 pitch. It is home run 714 for Aaron to tie him with the Babe and Hank is greeted by Bowie Kuhn and Vice-president Gerald Ford. The Reds, trailing 6–2 in the 8th, get a 3-run homer from Tony Perez, tie in the 9th on an RBI-double from Rose, and win it in the 11th when Rose scampers home from 2B on a wild pitch by Buzz Capra.
» April 9, 1974: New Padres owner Ray Kroc, watching his team losing their 4th straight, 9–2, in their home opener, takes to the public address system in the 8th inning: "Ladies and gentlemen, I suffer with you. . . . I've never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life." While he is speaking a streaker runs across the field. San Diego scores three but loses to Houston 9-5. Hearing of the incident, Commissioner Kuhn will make Kroc apologize to the fans.
» November 27, 1974:
Bowie Kuhn suspend Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for two years as a result of Steinbrenner's conviction for illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon and others.
» July 16, 1975: Commissioner Bowie Kuhn is reelected for a 7-year term.
» September 1, 1975:
It is "Bob Gibson Day" in St. Louis, as dignitaries, including August Busch and Bowie Kuhn, honor the 39-year-old pitcher. The Cards, led by Lou Brock, then drill the Cubs, 6–3. Brock has three singles, three stolen bases, and scores three times.
» March 17, 1976: Commissioner Kuhn orders teams to open spring training camps as soon as possible. All teams will comply within 48 hours.
» June 18, 1976: Commissioner Kuhn voids the A's sales, totaling $3.5 million, of Joe Rudi and Rollie Fingers to the Red Sox, and Vida Blue to the Yankees, saying they are "not in the best interest of baseball." A's owner Charlie Finley files a $10 million damage suit against Kuhn, and will refuse to use any of the three players until June 27th.
» September 17, 1976: At Milwaukee's County Stadium, 40,383 fans are on hand to celebrate "Hank Aaron Day." Among those gathered are commissioner Bowie Kuhn and Jack Ford, representing his father Gerald. Hank goes hitless in five at-bats, and the first-place Yankees spoil the night by winning, 5–3, in 11 innings. Graig Nettles hits a solo homer in the 11th for the game winner, and an insurance run scores on a suicide bunt. Ed Figueroa tallies his 19th win, and the Yanks pad their lead to 11 games.
» December 16, 1976: Court proceedings in Charlie Finley's $10 million damage suit against Commissioner Kuhn begin in Chicago. At issue is Kuhn's voiding of Finley's attempted player sales in June. The proceedings will take 15 days, and the decision will take three months.
» January 2, 1977: Commissioner Kuhn suspends Braves owner Ted Turner for one year as a result of tampering charges in the Gary Matthews free-agency signing, but the Braves are permitted to keep the outfielder.
» February 19, 1977: The A's sell P Paul Lindblad to the Rangers for $400,000, calling into question Bowie Kuhn's policy on player sales. Kuhn had previously voided an Oakland sale of players (on June 18, 1976) as "not being in the best interest of baseball," but had not specified the amount allowable in a player sale.
» March 7, 1977: The Braves file suit against Commissioner Kuhn, challenging the severity of the penalty for tampering charges.
» March 17, 1977: Federal Judge Frank McGarr rules in favor of Bowie Kuhn, saying that the commissioner acted within his authority in voiding the 1976 player sales engineered by A's owner Charlie Finley.
» December 9, 1977:
The A's and Reds announce a deal that will send P Vida Blue to Cincinnati for OF Dave Revering and $1.75 million cash. Commissioner Kuhn will invalidate the deal on January 30, contending that too much money is involved and there would be a competitive imbalance created. He later sets a limit of $400,000 as the maximum that can be exchanged between teams.
» January 30, 1978: Commissioner Kuhn voids the Vida Blue deal of December 9, 1977 between the A's and the Reds, suggesting a restructuring of the trade.
» April 7, 1978:
The U.S. Court of Appeals upholds an earlier court decision in support of Commissioner Kuhn's voiding of attempted player sales by A's owner Charlie Finley in June 1976. Finley's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court will be rejected on October 2nd.
» March 9, 1979: Commissioner Kuhn issues a notice to all clubs urging that reporters, regardless of sex, be treated equally in the matter of access to locker rooms.
» August 23, 1979:
Commissioner Kuhn slaps Padres owner Ray Kroc with a $100,000 fine for tampering, following remarks Kroc made about potential free agents Joe Morgan and Graig Nettles.
» October 26, 1979: Commissioner Kuhn notifies Hall of Famer Willie Mays that if he accepts a position with Bally Manufacturing Corporation, owner of several gambling casinos, he must disassociate himself from ML baseball. Mays, a part-time coach and goodwill ambassador for the Mets, will relinquish his duties upon accepting Bally's job offer on October 29th.
» November 29, 1979: Commissioner Kuhn lets Billy Martin off with a warning, following the October 23rd incident.
» January 28, 1980: Henry Aaron refuses an award from Commissioner Bowie Kuhn honoring him for hitting his 715th home run. Aaron charges that baseball's treatment of retired black ballplayers falls far short of what is needed.
» June 4, 1980: The Yankees, with no picks in rounds one and two, select 18-year-old Billy Cannon Jr. with their 3rd round pick. After protests from at least two other teams, Bowie Kuhn rules that all the teams but the Yankees had been misled by a telegram sent by Bill Cannon, Sr, saying his son was going to play football. A special draft (excluding the Yanks) in August is won by the Indians, but Cannon elects to play football at Texas A&M. Following in the footsteps of his Heisman dad, Cannon will be the number one pick of the Cowboys in 1984, but a neck injury curtails his career.
» June 26, 1980: Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voids the Yankees' drafting of highly touted high school shortstop Billy Cannon, Jr. Four teams had complained that Billy Cannon, Sr., college football's Heisman Trophy winner in 1959, misled them with telegrams saying that his son would go to college, in the hopes that he would then be drafted by the Yankees. In a special draft, the Indians will pick Cannon but he chooses to attend Texas A & M instead. The young Cannon will be drafted number one by the Dallas Cowboys in 1984.
» September 8, 1980: Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Ferguson Jenkins indefinitely as a result of his August 25th drug arrest in Toronto. On September 22nd, the suspension will be overturned by arbitrator Raymond Goetz, the first time ever a commissioner's decision is overruled by an arbitrator.
» August 20, 1982:
Padres rookie Alan Wiggins is suspended for one month by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn as a result of his July 21st arrest for cocaine possession.
» November 1, 1982: At a meeting in Chicago, the ML owners vote not to renew Commissioner Bowie Kuhn's contract, which will expire next August. The American League owners voted in favor of Kuhn 11-3, the National League 7-5. But his 18 votes left him two shy of the three-fourths majority required for reelection. Kuhn will remain on the job until a successor is found.
» February 8, 1983: One day after taking a job as director of sports promotions for Claridge Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ, Mickey Mantle is ordered to sever his ties with ML baseball by Commissioner Kuhn. Mantle joins fellow Hall of Famer Willie Mays as players banned from baseball by Kuhn for involvement with legalized gambling.
» May 31, 1983: American League President Lee MacPhail suspends Yankees owner George Steinbrenner for one week, citing "repeated problems" with the outspoken owner's public criticism of umpires. Steinbrenner, who had been fined $50,000 by Commissioner Kuhn during spring training for berating some National League umpires, cannot attend games or be in his Yankee Stadium office during the suspension.
» December 15, 1983: Commissioner Kuhn suspends convicted Kansas City Royals Willie Wilson, Willie Aikens, and Jerry Martin, and Dodgers pitcher Steve Howe for one season without pay for their use of illegal drugs. The suspensions will be shortened by an arbitrator and lifted on May 15th.
» March 3, 1984: Peter Ueberroth, the highly successful chairman of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee for the upcoming Summer Games, is elected to a 5-year term as commissioner of baseball. Ueberroth will take office on October 1st, succeeding Bowie Kuhn.
» April 17, 1984: Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Braves pitcher Pascual Perez until May 15th as a result of his off-season drug arrest in the Dominican Republic, but an independent arbitrator will overturn the suspension because of lack of evidence.
» July 26, 1984:
Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces that free-agent pitcher Vida Blue will be suspended for the remainder of the season as a result of his conviction on cocaine possession charges last November.
» March 18, 1985: Commissioner Ueberroth reinstates Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle, who had been banned from association with organized baseball by Bowie Kuhn due to their employment by Atlantic City casinos.