At any rate, on Aug. 3 new baseball commissioner Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis issued a statement that the players wouldn’t be able to play baseball. American League president Ban Johnson issued a similar statement separately. This leads us to Aug. 4. After saying the day before that the players wouldn’t be able to return, Landis made his definitive ruling. The eight members of the Chicago "Black Sox" who went on trial were officially banned from organized baseball for life. He declared, "They can’t come back...the doors are closed to them for good." 90 years later, the ban remains in place.