Originally Posted by RedlegJake
I have researched Kennesaw and yes, for the game he loved, and for what he perceived as the greater good he would, and most certainly did, sweep it under the rug. He often acted with disregard for facts, or for evidence, throwing out players merely suspected of wrongdoing, while turning a blind eye to others - the difference was always the impact on the game in his mind. Cobb became a much better man later in life, when the competitive fires that burned so fiercely in baseball died out. I don't argue against his inclusion in the HoF. Similar to the way baseball turned a blind eye to steroids in the 90s and 00s, baseball had turned a blind eye to gambling since its inception until it became such a scandal that the game was threatened with ruin by the Black Sox scandal. The owners parsimonious ways also had players looking for means to add to their income and gambling was the answer for some. It was WIDESPREAD and did not end with the Series scandal but lingered behind the scenes through the twenties before it was pretty much eliminated by the commissioners strong handling and stiff penalties. Cobb and Speaker threatened retaliatory suits and the evidence was circumstantial, both were huge stars and Landis felt, I believe, that both had paid a penalty already, and that baseball was better served NOT banning them.
Cobb was age 41 when he retired and Speaker was age 40. Both men had previously managed and had career winning percentages as managers north of .500%. Cobb had managed the Tigers to one second place finish, while Speaker had managed the Indians to a pair of second place finishes along with a World Championship in 1920.
Cobb and Speaker were therefore both relatively young superstar, future-Hall-of-Famers (though the HOF did not yet exist), with a history of success as managers, at the time they retired as players after the 1928 season. Despite that, neither man ever again managed in the major leagues.
The rumor is that although neither man was suspended for gambling Landis quietly saw to it that neither man was ever offered a managerial position as a result of the investigation into the allegations.