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Baseball on TrialThe Origin of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption$
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Nathaniel Grow

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038198

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038198.001.0001

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The Landis Case

The Landis Case

January 1915

(p.65) 4 The Landis Case
Baseball on Trial

Nathaniel Grow

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the case of Federal League of Professional Base Ball Clubs v. National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs, filed in January 1915 by the Federal League in federal district court in Chicago and presided by Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis. The lawsuit named both the American and National Leagues as defendants, along with the sixteen major league franchises, and each of the three members of the National Commission: August Herrmann, Ban Johnson, and John Tener. In its 92-page complaint, the Federal League accused the major leagues of forming an illegal monopoly in violation of federal and state antitrust laws. It also claimed that organized baseball had conspired to injure or destroy the Federal League. This chapter discusses the details of the Federal suit, along with affidavits, each party's legal representation, jurisdictional issues, and public statements regarding the case.

Keywords:   antitrust law, Federal League of Professional Base Ball Clubs, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, American League, National League, National Commission, August Herrmann, Ban Johnson, John Tener

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