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Senator, 66, to marry beauty queen, 22; baseball commissioner fired, December 8, 1968

December 8, 2008 | 10:00 am
Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) plans to marry Miss South Carolina, 1965, Nancy Moore.

1968_1208_sports The Times ran a United Press International story predicting big changes for baseball in the wake of owners firing the commissioner, William D. Eckert. Possibilities included:

-- Letting relief pitchers come in and out and back in games.

-- Making intentional walks automatic.

-- Having specialists who run for slow players or hit for pitchers.

The only thing to see reality was the designated hitter rule, which started a few years later in the American League. They didn't ask me, but I would have voted for the automatic walks.

A three-member committee was formed to come up with a plan. With baseball's speed, the group might still be meeting.

-- Keith Thursby