KBD began the NYC Parole Board (the first municipal parole board in the country) Dec. 1915 and served as its 1st chairperson. In 39 Mayor LaGuardia named Lou Gehrig to it after Yankee 1st baseman could no longer play baseball. Lt. Samuel Battle, 1st NYPD Black cop, was named to succeed him. Former DOC Deputy Commissioner Fitzgerald Phillips was Parole Bd. Member when state took over in Sept. 1967.
For more about Patrolman Battle, see
http://www.nycpolicemuseum.org/html/tour/aah/aahweb.htm
For more on Lou Gehrig, see Baseball Hall of Fame site at
http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/hofers/detail.jsp?playerId=114680
For more about NYC Parole Board and Parole Board Commissioner Fitzgerald Phillips, see
http://www.correctionhistory.org/html/chronicl/nycparole/parolelist.html