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Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis
: Regardless of the verdict of juries... no player who throws a ball game... no player who undertakes, or promises to throw a game... no player who sits in conference with a bunch of crooked players and gamblers where the ways and means of throwing a ball game are discussed, and does not promptly tell his club about it... will ever play professional baseball again.
[the owners are discussing the commissioner's job with Judge Landis
] Judge Friend
: Well we're in search of someone uh... Charles Comiskey
: We feel that we need a commissioner who will clean up baseball and give a new face to the sport. We're prepared to grant you certain powers... Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis
: Absolute powers Charles Comiskey
: Absolute powers? Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis
: Won't work any other way. People won't believe it. Absolute powers Charles Comiskey
: Well we're prepared to give you a 5 year contract... Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis
: Lifetime contract Judge Friend
: Lifetime? Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis
: A man worried about his job is bound to play favorites. Now you gentlemen don't want that do you? Charles Comiskey
: Well a lifetime contract sounds a little... Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis
: [slaps flyswatter down on the desk
] I'm due back in the courtroom in 5 minutes gentlemen, let's talk salary.