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1919 Chicago White Sox World Series ("Black Sox" Scandal) Program - Final Game 8
Starting Bid - $2,000.00 , Sold For - $17,625.00
Presented is an exceptional example of the extremely rare and historically significant Chicago White Sox program from the infamous 1919 World Series. This is one of the great rarities of all World Series programs of the era, in addition to naturally being one of the most sought-after. The 1919 Reds World Series program is also very desirable, but is simply far more common. Whereas the Reds produced a lavish, large-format fifty-page commemorative program for this series, Comiskey, true to his penurious ways, simply used the standard regular-season program featuring a portrait photo of him on the cover. The interior scorecards feature the preprinted lineups for both the Reds and White Sox and have been neatly scored in pencil for Game 8 (the 1919 World Series was a best out of nine contest), the final game of the Series. Included in the lineup for Chicago are six of the eight conspirators who were later banned from baseball: Weaver, Jackson, Felsch, Gandil, Risberg, and Williams (his name is written in pencil in the pitcher’s spot). The Reds won Game 8 by a score of 10-5 and rumor has it that White Sox starting pitcher Lefty Williams, who was knocked out in the first inning after giving up four runs, had been told by certain interested parties that neither he nor his wife would live past the night should the Reds win the game. One of the added highlights of this twenty-page program is an interior Hillerich & Bradsby advertisement featuring full-length photos of both Joe Jackson and Eddie Collins in endorsement of Louisville Slugger bats. This program is many times rarer the 1919 Reds World Series program and is highly prized by both World Series program and 1919 "Black Sox" scandal collectors today. 1919 Chicago Wold Series programs are rarely seen approaching this fine condition. The program has an approximately one-inch separation along the top of the spine, a couple of tiny edge tears, and a couple of tiny corner chips to the back cover, but these are very minor faults. This program is in exceptional condition for this fragile rarity, and is the finest example we can recall handling. The pages are all clean and bright. Overall in Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $17,625.00
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