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'Granddaddy had to approve the contract' - Kentuckian Ben Chandler reflects on his grandfather's role in Jackie Robinson story

Associated Press

This week marks the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in major league baseball.

Former Kentucky Congressman Ben Chandler's grandfather, A.B. "Happy" Chandler was MLB commissioner in 1947 when Jackie traded a Negro Leagues jersey for a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform and changed sports history forever.

In 2016, right about the time Ken Burns released his
documentary on Jackie, WUKY's Alan Lytle sat down with Ben to talk about and hear the historic tale from Happy himself; audio courtesy of the
Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History in the UK Libraries.

Alan Lytle has more than 25 years of experience as a Kentucky broadcaster. Over that span he has earned multiple awards for anchoring, writing and producing news & features for WUKY. He took home the Kentucky Broadcasters Association's Best Radio Anchor award in 2021.