Very conveniently for the listening Vass, Fetzer read the list of the final seven candidates:
Stephen Ailes, former Secretary of the Army. ("When I heard his name, I didn't know who he was," says Vass.)
Eugene Zuckert, former Secretary of the Air Force.
General Curtis LeMay, retired Air Force Chief of Staff.
Joe Cronin, president of the American League.
Gabe Paul, president of the Cleveland Indians.
Bing Devine, former front-office boss at St. Louis, now assistant to the president of the New York Mets.
Lou Carroll, attorney for the National League.
But the owners could get no further. Their minds weren't on selecting a commissioner but on what the press would say when they didn't. "We started out with 150 names and after a year we've narrowed it down to seven," said one owner. "I think we could elect any one of these seven men and be confident that baseball would be well and capably served. There is no reason to wait 30 days or a year to arrive at a decision."
Another worried aloud: "We are doing baseball irreparable harm by this delay in selecting a commissioner. We have to go out and face the press and tell them that after a year since the search began, and after several meetings since then, we still have been unable to come to a decision. We've got to show the press we've accomplished something at this meeting or, gentlemen, it could be something awful for baseball."