Baseball reacts to former commissioner Kuhn's death

Updated: March 16, 2007, 2:24 AM ET
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Baseball commissioner Bud Selig:

"My wife, Sue, and I are terribly saddened by the passing of Bowie Kuhn. He was a close friend, a respected leader, and an impressive figure in all ways. He led our game through a great deal of change and controversy. Yet, Bowie laid the groundwork for the success we enjoy today. He brought us expansion, night World Series games, and greater national television exposure. All of baseball mourns him and I have asked all clubs to observe a moment of silence and fly their flags at half mast in his honor. My condolences and sympathies go out to Luisa, to their children and to their legion of friends and admirers."


Yankees owner George Steinbrenner:

"Bowie was a good guy, and I admired him. Even though we had our disagreements, I never lost my respect for his integrity."


Angels manager Mike Scioscia:

"The fact that baseball is in the shape it is right now and there finally is some working relationship between the players association and MLB, I think, is the result of what the sport went through back then. And Bowie Kuhn was right in the middle of it."


Players' Association head Donald M. Fehr:

"A lifelong fan of baseball, Bowie dedicated many of his best years to the game. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Kuhn family and his many friends."


Hall of Famer and Senator Jim Bunning

"I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Bowie Kuhn. I had the honor of dealing with him first while he was serving as attorney for the National League and then as Commissioner of Major League Baseball. The longer I was away from the game after my retirement the more my respect for Bowie Kuhn grew. During his 15 years as commissioner baseball exploded in popularity and under his watch no one could question the integrity of the game. Bowie was a good friend and he will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family."


Yankees manager Joe Torre:

"He certainly took his role on. He liked being commissioner. But again, like anybody who's in any position during a turbulent time, I think you're going to have mixed reviews. One thing I did notice, though, is that he never seemed to compromise on what he felt like he needed to do."


Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell:

"Bowie was a good friend of mine and an interesting guy, quite intelligent. He was a good commissioner, I thought. He could settle feuds and fights with the owners. From my standpoint, he was very interested in TV and radio, and I think he helped baseball in that regard establish a better relationship."


Former players' union head Marvin Miller:

"Among other things I always thought he had a marvelous sense of humor. I think that helped him in a lot of ways, and in my case it eased things a bit when there was tension between us. He always meant well in terms of the way he performed. I first met him as a lawyer for the National League and then commissioner."