The envelope that contained the letter Kenesaw Mountain Landis sent Joe Jackson denying his reinstatement into baseball. Top left of envelope reads "Baseball, Office of the Commissioner, 122 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago." Shown is a copy of the actual letter in which Landis states "I have received a letter dated June 12, purporting to come from you and to bear your signature. In substance, it is an application for reinstatement. The signature thereto does not appear to be yours; therefore, beyond this communication to you, no action will be taken theron. Very truly yours, Kenesaw M. Landis" The letter from Landis is dated June 20, 1923 and the envelope is dated June 21, 1923. Comes from a collection of correspondence auctioned off previously by Christie's in 1998.
2019 marks the 100th Anniversary of the most infamous scandal in sports history. The 1919 World Series was the scene of the crime, the culprits were eight members of the Chicago “Black Sox” and the crime was game fixing. Shoeless Joe Jackson and seven other members of the “Black Sox” were subsequently banned from baseball three years later and that ban still stands to this day. On this Anniversary, Lelands is privileged to offer a comprehensive collection of memorabilia related to the 1919 World Series teams including a Joe Jackson PSA certified signed document, 1919 World Series tickets, 1919 White Sox season pass, Type I photos, handwritten letters, autographs and much more. Lelands has devoted an entire category in the 2019 Fall Classic to this collection, so go check out “The Black Sox 100th Anniversary Collection” today!