Baseball History: Kenesaw Mountain Landis


Image credit: Andrew Kivette

If you find some downtime while in Atlanta, take a day trip up I-75 to Kennesaw, and the historic Kennesaw Mountain battlefield. Located about 30 miles north of Turner Field in downtown Atlanta, Kennesaw is the namesake of baseball’s first commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis. He got his name from the battle of Kennesaw Mountain in the Civil War, where his father was seriously injured while fighting for the North.

Landis is in the hall of fame, as he was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum via a special election after his death in 1944.

During his reign as commissioner, Landis oversaw the scandal of the “Black Sox” and most notably banned Joe “Shoeless” Jackson from playing in the majors following the scandal. The photo to the left is a picture of his hall of fame plaque in Cooperstown, N.Y.

For more information on the first commissioner, check out his bios on Major League Baseball’s site or at the Hall of Fame.



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