Bart Giamatti

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Birthdate 4/4/1938
Death Date 9/1/1989
Debut Year 1986
Year of Induction
Teams MLB, National League
Positions Commissioner, League President

Best known for his banishment of Pete Rose, Bart Giamatti served as Commissioner for five months, the shortest reign in baseball history.

 

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Bart Giamatti signed check as NL President -- with Pete Rose autograph

Bart Giamatti signed check as NL President -- with Pete Rose autograph

An academician who taught at Princeton and Yale, Bart Giamatti served as President of Yale for ten years. A lifelong baseball fan, Giamatti jumped when baseball offered him the presidency of the National League. In two years in that position, he forged a reputation for preserving baseball’s t
Closeup of Bart Giamatti signaure

Closeup of Bart Giamatti signaure

Shown here is a closeup of the signature of Bart Giamatti. The National League President has of course penned his full legal signature, “A. Bartlett Giamatti”. Below his signature is that of Phyllis Collins, the Vice President and Secretary of the National League and one of the highest ranking women in baseball history.
Closeup of Giamatti signature and that of the man he banned

Closeup of Giamatti signature and that of the man he banned

Though Bart Giamatti served as Commissioner of Baseball for only five months, his role in the lifetime ban of Pete Rose secured his place in baseball history. The suspension came after investigator John M. Dowd interviewed many of Rose’s associates, including alleged bookies and bet runners. T
Reverse of Giamatti-signed check endorsed by Charlie Williams and Jack Buck

Reverse of Giamatti-signed check endorsed by Charlie Williams and Jack Buck

Though the value of this piece comes primarily from the signatures of Bart Giamatti and Pete Rose, the reverse of the check is endorsed by two meaningful figures in baseball history. The check is made out to Charlie Williams, the first umpire to work the plate in a World Series game who has signed h

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