Fan Mail: Babe Ruth

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Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, circa 1910–1915
Courtesy Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

After the 1919 World Series gambling conspiracy, baseball team owners and league officials chose Kenesaw Mountain Landis, a federal judge with a grandstanding reputation, as baseball's first commissioner. Landis's efforts to root out gambling and corruption met with approval until November 1921, when he suspended Babe Ruth for violating a rarely enforced rule against exhibition games in the off season. Fans wrote to express support for Landis's decision, their displeasure at his treatment of Ruth, or to ask for an early reinstatement.

 
 
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Letter to Kenesaw Mountain Landis regarding Babe Ruth's suspension, 1921
Loan from National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
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Letter to Kenesaw Mountain Landis regarding Babe Ruth's suspension, 1921
Loan from National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum