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Kenesaw Mountain Landis

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The story behind the MLB MVP award's namesake: Kenesaw Mountain Landis

 

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Kenesaw Mountain Landis

 

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Kenesaw Mountain Landis

 

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'A dark past' MVPs say time to pull Kenesaw Mountain Landis name off

Kenesaw Mountain Landis was an American jurist who served as a federal judge from 1905 to 1922 and as the first Commissioner of Baseball from 1920 until his death. 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.
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  • Personal 

  • Washington years and aftermath (1893–1905) 

  • Judge (1905–1922) 

  • Standard Oil (1905–1909) 

  • Federal League and Baby Iraene cases (1909–1917) 

  • Wartime cases (1917–1919) 

  • Building trades award, controversy, and resignation (1920–1922) 

  • Black Sox scandal 

  • Search for a commissioner 

  • Banning the Black Sox 

  • Cracking down on gambling 

  • Ruth-Meusel barnstorming incident 

  • Major-minor league relations; development of the farm system 

  • Baseball color line 

  • World Series and All-Star Game; other innovations 

  • World War II, death, and legacy