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1943 Kenesaw Mountain Landis Signed Presentation Photo
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $360
Striking presentation photograph inscribed and signed by Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1866-1944), first Commissioner of Baseball. The stark image features Landis in a formal studio pose and has been inscribed in black fountain pen along the base, "To my friend Milton [last name illegible]/With my hearty good wishes/Kenesaw M. Landis/January 17, 1943." Both the signature and text are boldly scripted and grade "9" overall. Landis was hired by the owners as Commissioner of Baseball in 1920 in reaction to the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal. Landis dealt with the matter swiftly and decisively, banning all eight conspirators for life despite their acquittal in a criminal court. During his twenty-four-year tenure Landis wielded more power than any commissioner in history and after his death the owners made sure that future commissioners would never again hold such supreme authority. Landis was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939. The photo (5 x 7 inches) is in Excellent to Mint condition and has been affixed along the top edge of the reverse to a 6 x 8-inch paper mount. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA.
Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $360
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