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List of American League presidents

Ban Johnson in 1921
Will Harridge's plaque in the Baseball Hall of Fame

The American League President was the chief executive of the American League of professional baseball until 1999, when the AL and National League merged into Major League Baseball.

American League PresidentsEdit

  Member of the Baseball Hall of Fame
Name Years Ref
Ban Johnson  1901–1927
Frank Navin 1927
Ernest Barnard 1927–1931
Will Harridge  1931–1959
Joe Cronin  1959–1973
Lee MacPhail  1973–1984
Bobby Brown 1984–1994
Gene Budig 1994–1999

Honorary presidentEdit

Following the 1999 season, the American and National Leagues were merged with Major League Baseball, and the leagues ceased to exist as business entities. The role of the league president was eliminated. Jackie Autry, the widow of former Angels owner Gene Autry served as honorary president of the AL, from 2000 to 2015. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson held the title from 2015 until his death in 2019.

See alsoEdit