A compromise choice for Commishioner,
Eckert incurred the wrath of the public for not cancelling games
in the wake of the Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy
assassination and from the baseball owners for not dealing decisively
on business matters. With a baseball strike looming and without
the owners' confidence, Eckert resigned the position despite
having three years left on his contract.
Despite the public shortcomings, Eckert
did promote the game internationally and helped stabilize teams
with bigger stadiums and better leases.