|"Belongs on most Sports bookshelves."
"Finally, an objective biography of
Baseball's first Commissioner. Beautifully
"Judge and Jury is first rate."
"Baseball fans should be grateful for this
comprehensive biography of one of the
game's most towering and
—Attorney General Richard Thornburgh
"The most comprehensive biography yet
of "the man who save baseball" from the
stain of the 1919 Black Sox scandal."
—USA Today Baseball Weekly
"Handled readably and with plenty of
documenting research . . .every baseball
history library should make room
for 'Judge and Jury.'"
—Total Baseball Daily
"David Pietrusza has gone beyond the
one dimensional public image of
Kenesaw M. Landis that too many people
today accept as graven truth . . . In this
meticulously researched book, Pietrusza
with admirable objectivity depicts both the
faults and virtues of one of the most
important and colorful figures of the 20th
"Judge and Jury: The Life and Times of
Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis is one
of a handful of historical baseball books
that actually get beyond the field to
understand the social, intellectual,
economic, and political forces that made
the modern game. It is must reading for
serious students of the game: very good
on the business side and a fair appraisal
of Landis' role as commissioner. Baseball
fans may buy it because they love the
game, but when they read it, they will
learn a lot of history about the United
States in the progressive era, the first
World War, and in the 1920s."
—Prof. Richard F. Hamm
Professor of History and Public Policy and
Chair, History Department
at the University at Albany.
"I expected the book to be thorough, but I
learned more about politics, history, and
yes, baseball, than I ever imagined."
"Pietrusza offers a fair and balanced
[portrait], one that is a major contribution
to the literature. It belongs on the
bookshelves of every student and
historian of our National Pastime."
—G. S. Rowe
"Absolutely must reading for anyone
digging into the events that led to Landis'
selection as baseball's Commissioner. . .
. I recommend it."
Author, Burying the Black Sox: How
Baseball's Cover-Up of the 1919 World
Series Fix Almost Succeeded
"[I] was stunned at the amount of detail,
accuracy, original research, and skilled
interpretation of the facts."
—Rob Neyer, ESPN
"superb . . . a wonderful book."
Professor of Economics, Miami University
¨ One of "1998['s] Best Baseball Books"
—The Sandlot Shrink
"A detailed, caring portrait, provided
within proper historical context … full-
blooded, accurate, and honest."
—The Diamond Angle
"Filled with captivating stories . . . an
excellent in-depth look at the man
attributed with cleaning up a tainted
—World Wide Collectors Digest
"The first substantial biography of one of
baseball's most imposing figures . . . .
goes beyond the myths to reveal who
Landis really was and why he had such
an impact on American life, both as a
federal judge and as the first
commissioner of baseball."
—Sean Lahman's Baseball Archives
"Excelent . . . I have read hundreds of
baseball books. Judge Landis is referred
to in most as an almost cartoon
character. His hair and style are so easy
to mock that baseball writers generally
use him as a caricature rather than as a
fascinating, albeit eccentric, judge and
commissioner. David Pietrusza does an
excellent, and interesting, job of
capturing all sides of his personality - the
dictatorial ad arbitrary, the sympathetic
and kind, the politician and publicity
seeker, and others as well. Pietrusza
puts Landis in a broader context to
explain Landis's rulings and style in
baseball. This book should be more
widely read, and understood."
--Former Congressman Mark Souder
|"In this fascinating,
Pietrusza tackles a
man and makes him
|From amazon.com . . .
Baseball's first commissioner cast such
a long and powerful shadow over the
game, it's often hard to untangle his
contribution from his personality, and
his life from his lasting myth. The truth
that emerges from this exhaustive and
engaging biography of Judge Landis
has no problem matching the outsized
legend stride for stride. Landis moved
into the public spotlight to clean up the
national pastime after the disgrace of
the 1919 World Series, but there was
much more to this complex man and his
complex career. Judge and Jury
chronicles the entirety.
A tough, colorful judge, his rulings could
be as unpredictable as he was. Landis
could be as severe and stubborn as he
could be gentle and understanding,
characteristics that both defined his
decision-making and confused his
critics. Noted as a trustbuster—he went
head to head with John D. Rockefeller,
fining Standard Oil $29 million—he
upheld baseball's exemption from
antitrust status from the bench. Known
for his harsh sentences, he was almost
impeached for his leniency to the
destitute. As commissioner, he loved
the post, the game, and his perceived
responsibility as its primary upholder
and restorer of virtue: "You have told the
world that my powers would be
absolute," he warned the owners who
hired him. "I wouldn't take this job for all
the gold in the world unless I knew my
hands were free." In his regime, they
pretty much were, and he used them to
grab his share of whatever power and
glory he could wrap them around.
—Jeff Silverman, amazon.com
"[Judge and Jury] is outstanding. I have
learned more about the history of
baseball, true history, than from
anything I have ever read or heard
about. [It's] research and documentation
clarifies so many of the personalities
and events that took place before 'my
time' in the game. Jacques Barzun's
quote: 'Whoever would know the heart
and mind of America had better learn
baseball' should be supplanted by [this]
biography of Landis."
—Stefan Szymanski and Andrew
|Judge and Jury:
The Life and Times of
Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis