Judge Landis

Birthdate 11/20/1866
Death Date 11/25/1944
Debut Year
Year of Induction 1944
Teams MLB
Position Commissioner

Kenesaw Mountain Landis was baseball’s first commissioner and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame shortly after he died in 1944.

In the collection:

Harder to find Judge Landis handwritten letter from before his time in baseball

Harder to find Judge Landis handwritten letter from before his time in baseball

Before he became commissioner of baseball, Kenesaw Mountain Landis was a federal judge. Appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt, Landis was on the bench from 1905-1922. In the collection is a letter from March 4, 1911 written in Landis’ hand and signed at the bottom. Landis would serve as M

One response to “Judge Landis”

  1. Howard Warren says:

    Though Judge Landis is credited with cleaning up professional baseball after the “Black Sox” scandal, he was responsible for keeping baseball a segregated game. His denials for this are legendary, however, his decisions and deeds on the matter speak more loudly than his proclamations. Besides being a horrible Federal Judge (read about his decisions being overturned by appellate courts) he was a malevolent first Commisioner of Major League Baseball. If ever there were a case to remove a man from the Baseball HOF, it should be reserved for this man. I realize that it would be easier to move Kennesaw Mountain than it would be to remove Judge Landis from the Hall.

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