“THE GREAT WHITE
On June 22, 1942, Conrad Komorowski of the Daily Worker interviewed Kenesaw Mountain Landis for an hour and a half in the commissioner’s office at 333 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Komorowski said he began the interview by asking Landis if he had any comment about the resolution passed by eighty thousand Ford workers condemning Jim Crow in the Major Leagues. Landis responded with a “No comment.” Komorowski asked Landis more questions, and the commissioner responded to each with a “No comment.”
“Why do you refuse to comment?” Komorowski asked.
“You fellows say I’m responsible,” Landis said.
“Aren’t you?” Komorowski responded.
“You fellows say I am,” Landis answered.
“If you are not, why don’t you defend yourself?” Komorowski said.
Landis initially did not respond to the question, then, Komorowski reported, “tried to pass the buck” to the team owners.