Ernest Barnard

Ernest Barnard

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Ernest Barnard president of the American League

Ernest Sargent Barnard

  • School Otterbein College
  • Born July 17, 1874 in West Columbia, WV USA
  • Died March, 1931 in Rochester, MN USA

Ernest Barnard served as general manager of the Cleveland Indians from 1903 to 1926. He effectively ran the team following the death of owner James Dunn in 1922, as Dunn's widow had little interest in the team. He left the Indians after they were sold to a consortium headed by Alva Bradley and became the second president of the American League, succeeding Ban Johnson, a position he held for four years.

During his three-year contract as president of the American League. Among Barnard's innovations have been the establishment of an umpire's school and the recodifying of the rule book. He also led the effort to eliminate the sacrifice fly scoring rule: he consideres that with inflated batting averages resulting from the livelier baseball, the batter no longer needs the benefit of not being charged a time at bat when his fly ball advances a runner.

By BR Bullpen

American League President, Ban Johnson, Baseball Executive, Cleveland Indians, General manager, James Dunn


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