- Kenesaw Mountain Landis, Rare Document
Signed by Baseball's First Commissioner, Elected to the Baseball
Hall of Fame (1944)
- LANDIS, Kenesaw Mountain (1886-1944). Noted Jurist, Federal Judge, and Major League
Baseball's First Commissioner, Elected to the Baseball Hall of
Fame (1944). Noted for his antitrust judgement against Standard
Oil and credited with restoring public confidence in the integrity
of baseball following the 1919 Black Sox scandal by permanently
banishing eight players from the sport for their involvement,
including Shoeless Joe Jackson.
- Very Rare Document Signed, being an official copy of his printed opinion
for the historic landmark case of the United States vs. Standard
Oil. The 31 page pamphlet measures approximately 7 in. by
10 in., stapled on the spine, and printed by Gunthorp-Warren
Co., Chicago, 1907. Inscribed and signed boldly: "Mr.
A.E. Harrick with compliments of Kenesaw M Landis District 28".
After being appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt to the
bench of the Northern District of Illinois in 1905, Landis dealt
with several cases of historical significance during his career
as a US federal judge. Most notably, in 1907, he presided over
a Standard Oil antitrust trial fining them $29 million for accepting
rail freight rebates, although the verdict was later set aside.
Minor soiling, aging, otherwise, very fine. $1,495.00