Winner of the CASEY Award:
Best Baseball Book of 1998
Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis
"In this fascinating,
researched work,
Pietrusza tackles a
complex, important
man and makes him
his own."

Publishers Weekly
[Kenesaw Mountain] "Landis' foremost biographer"
—The Daily Beast

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."

—Ralph Kiner


—Stefan Szymanski and Andrew Zimbalist
Judge and Jury:
The Life and Times of
Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis
Finalist, 1998
Seymour Medal

Nominee 1998
Kenesaw Mountain Landis
Film/TV Rights to
Judge and Jury
"Belongs on most Sports bookshelves."
—Library Journal

—Washington Post

"Finally, an objective biography of
Baseball's first Commissioner. Beautifully
—Jerome Holtzman

"Judge and Jury
is first rate."
—Fay Vincent

"Baseball fans should be grateful for this
comprehensive biography of one of the
game's most towering and
dominating figures."
—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 century."
—Robert Creamer

"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."
—Matt Silverman

"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."
—Gene Carney
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."
—James Brock
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

—Baseball America

"Filled with captivating stories . . . an
excellent in-depth look at the man
attributed with cleaning up a tainted game"
—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