Kenesaw Landis

Kenesaw Mountain Landis
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1944
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Primary position: Executive

Baseball's first commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected to office on November 12, 1920, and helped restore public confidence in baseball following the Black Sox scandal of 1919. The former U.S. district judge banned eight White Sox players for life, despite their acquittal in a court of law. Landis subsequently issued other edicts utilizing the absolute power granted him by the owners to ensure the game's integrity, including allowing hundreds of minor leaguers contractual freedom.

"Baseball is something more than a game to an American boy; it is his training field for life work. Destroy his faith in its squareness and honesty and you have destroyed something more; you have planted suspicion of all things in his hear. "
Kenesaw Landis

Career stats

Year Inducted: 1944
Primary Team:
Position Played: Executive
Birth place: Millville, Ohio
Birth year: 1866
Died: 1944, Chicago, Illinois