On November 25, 1944 — 1944 – Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the first Major League Baseball Commissioner, dies of a heart attack at age 78 in Chicago. Landis had ruled over baseball for 24 seasons since November 1920 in the wake of the Black Sox scandal and wielded authority perhaps unparalleled in any other industry. Landis had entered the hospital on October 2nd. He will be elected to the Hall of Fame on December 9th in a special ballot.


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