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Blue Got In: That time Happy Chandler wore the Power K at the MLB All-Star Game

It’s Flashback Friday and in this week’s edition we are taking Big Blue Nation back to the 1981 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Why, you ask? That’s a great question. I knew you’d be confused.

You see, back in the year 1981, former Kentucky governor Happy Chandler had great seats at the MLB All-Star Game. Nobody in front of him, Bob Hope to his immediate left, George Bush two down from him, a real nice and unobstructed view of the best from the American and National Leagues. I assume he got those seats because he was the league’s commissioner from 1945-51. They called him the “Players’ Commissioner” because he established the first pension fun. He did this between his two stints as our governor in the great Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Anyway, back to why we’re here on this Friday before Memorial Day Weekend in 2020.

The 1981 All-Star Game re-aired on Fox Sports last week and right after the game’s shining moment, when the Kissing Bandit stormed the field to kiss pitcher Len Barker, the broadcast cut over to Happy Chandler and Bob Hope and George Bush in their awesome seats and my man Happy was wearing the most pristine, crisp Power K hat you’ll see anywhere.

Not only is it a GREAT hat, he wore it to a non-Kentucky sporting event outside of Kentucky. There was no reason to rock the Power K at the MLB All-Star Game, but Happy Chandler saw an opportunity for blue to get in and he got it in. It’s what Big Blue Nation does. We wear our stuff everywhere.

So enough talking about it, see for yourself in the video below. It won’t fill the baseball emptiness in your Memorial Day weekend, but it’s better than no baseball.

And if I’m being completely honest, all of this was just an excuse to push the Power K agenda. We need it back.



Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

13 Comments for Blue Got In: That time Happy Chandler wore the Power K at the MLB All-Star Game

  1. J. Did
    5:14 pm May 22, 2020 Permalink

    Drew – good work.
    You seem to be on ‘far’
    Let loose.

    And – Let us bring back the Power ‘K’.
    ‘K’ please.

    Been gone too long.

  2. crazycatfan65
    5:27 pm May 22, 2020 Permalink

    Wonder how much starch that hat had? Love that power K, would love to see it replace the checkerboard.

    • OldSchool606
      5:39 pm May 22, 2020 Permalink

      Amen x 10. If Barnhart likes the checkerboard so much, let him get one as a tattoo.

  3. lexattorney
    5:44 pm May 22, 2020 Permalink

    I knew the NCAA wouldn’t let Duke’s terrible loss to SFA stand!

  4. J. Did
    6:04 pm May 22, 2020 Permalink

    @lexattorney: thanks for the link. dook sucks! When the final ball bounces, dook will be labelled the MOST Cheating program in history.

  5. JATR4
    6:21 pm May 22, 2020 Permalink

    Kentucky defeated Tennessee 20 -0 on 21 Nov 1959. Chandler was governor and declared 21 Nov (the day after Thanksgiving) a student holiday. The board of trustees overruled Chandler and there were supposed to be classes. We the students were upset so we rioted/marched. Took over the student union, marched on the president’s house, etc. Finally we got stupid and marched on the police department down town. The police came out with riot guns and I became the coward that I am and retreated. Not much happened other than minor property damage on campus. There were NO classes!

    • JATR4
      6:34 pm May 22, 2020 Permalink

      27 Nov as holiday

  6. grammarpoliceUK
    6:37 pm May 22, 2020 Permalink

    She darn near got a black eye outta that little jog!

  7. J. Did
    6:41 pm May 22, 2020 Permalink

    @JATR4… Your story is good.
    I had no idea.
    The only student rebellion I could locate in the 60’s and early 70′ was a Vietnam protest and Buell Armory.
    Please elaborate.
    Everyone will care.
    Statute of Limitations provide for extraordinary stories.
    You can’t be prosecuted.

  8. JATR4
    6:53 pm May 22, 2020 Permalink

    It was very tame as riots go. A few small fires on the grass, maybe a little damage in the student union. It basically was a peaceful protest and classes should have ended Wednesday afternoon. We felt that we had won since there were no classes. We could have just left campus. No one would have noticed. Politics were fractured especially within the democrat party.

  9. J. Did
    6:57 pm May 22, 2020 Permalink

    I wanted to say one more thing for the uneducated.

    KENTUCKY has a history or fine mediators (sans Moscow Mitch).

    Look up Happy Chandler.

    Good man; arguably an equivalent of Hank Clay.

  10. J. Did
    7:06 pm May 22, 2020 Permalink

    JATR4: Thank you. I appreciate your reply. GO CATS!