Ban Johnson

Birthdate 1/5/1864
Death Date 3/28/1931
Debut Year 1900
Year of Induction 1937
Teams American League, MLB
Positions Executive, League President

As president of the Western League, Ban Johnson reorganized and transformed it, finally re-branding it as the American League in 1900. 

In the collection:

Ban Johnson signs Pee Wee Wanninger's 1925 contract - the year he ended one streak and started another

Ban Johnson signs Pee Wee Wanninger's 1925 contract - the year he ended one streak and started another

In the collection is a historic baseball contract signed by American League president and Hall of Famer Ban Johnson. The contract represents a beginning and an end to two of the three longest consecutive-games
File copy letter written from Yanks owner to Ban Johnson about Vance's contract

File copy letter written from Yanks owner to Ban Johnson about Vance's contract

Though remembered for his 12 years with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Dazzy Vance spend much of the early part of his career with the Yankees. Shown here is a file copy letter to American League president Ban Johnson dated August 6, 1915,
Ban Johnson's response to the letter about Vance

Ban Johnson's response to the letter about Vance

Hall of Fame executive Ban Johnson acknowledges receipt of the letter in this August 9 correspondence and has signed his name at the bottom. Dazzy Vance would make his Yankee debut 19 days later. Vance would end up winless in ten career games for the Yankees before finding stardom in Brooklyn.
Ban Johnson writes to Yankee owner T.L. Huston in 1915 re: Wally Pipp

Ban Johnson writes to Yankee owner T.L. Huston in 1915 re: Wally Pipp

As American League president Ban Johnson signed plenty of mundane official correspondences. This piece rises above that standard. In this letter of February 5, 1915, Johnson writes to Yankee owner, Capt. T.L. Huston about the purchase of Andy
AL chief Joe Cronin responds to request for autographs of Ban Johnson, ES Barnard

AL chief Joe Cronin responds to request for autographs of Ban Johnson, ES Barnard

Three years after his induction to Cooperstown in 1956, seven-time All Star Joe Cronin was named president of the American League. It was in this capacity that Cronin signed this letter to an autograph

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