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Landis becomes first commissioner of baseball, in his hometown newspaper...

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November 13, 1920


* Kenesaw Mountain Landis
* 1st MLB baseball commissioner
* Best title to be had - rare as such

A terrific issue on the history of Major League Baseball with the banner headline proclaiming: "LANDIS CZAR OF BASEBALL". The subheads note: "Takes $50,000 Job, But Won't Give Up Bench" "Accepts 'to Save the Game for the Kids.' "
Federal Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was the first Commissioner of Baseball from 1920 until his death in 1944. He is remembered for his handling of the "Black Sox" scandal, in which he expelled eight members of the Chicago White Sox from organized baseball for conspiring to lose the 1919 World Series and repeatedly refused their reinstatement requests. His firm actions and iron rule over baseball in the near quarter-century of his commissionership are generally credited with restoring public confidence in the game.
The lengthy article carries over to page 2. Page 3 has a rather large photo headed: "Judge Landis Signs As Baseball's Chief". The photo includes the presidents of the various Major League Baseball teams, identified in the caption.
A doubley great issue, as Chicago was not just where Landis lived, but was obviously the city of the Black Sox scandal.
The complete 20 page issue, a discrete address label in an upper corner, minor margin tears with some archival mends inside, generally in good condition.

Category: The 20th Century