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Lot # 988 (of 1594)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Kenesaw Mountain Landis Signed Presentation Photo

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $705.00

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 Mrs. William Clark of French Port - With my good wishes - Kenesaw M. Landis." The signature grades "6/7" overall, while the inscription is somewhat bolder, grading "9." 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. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939. The photo (9.75 x 13.5 inches) remains in Excellent condition and appears to be housed in its original vintage frame (12 x 15.5 inches). From the Barry Halper Collection. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $300/500. SOLD FOR $705.00

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