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1919 Cincinnati Reds (vs. White Sox) World Series Program
Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $1,422
Extremely substantial 48-page program issued at Cincinnati to commemorate what would come to be known as the most notorious scandal in baseball history - the "Black Sox" scandal of 1919. The 1919 World Series program at Cincinnati is a classic, both as a rare early World Series program (all pre-1920 World Series programs are rare and extremely desirable) and as a significant keepsake sold at the ballpark to innocent fans, who believed in the integrity of the game, to keep score at the infamous World Series. The program features dozens of illustrations including a center double-page team photo of the infamous “Black Sox.” Also pictured inside are the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings (baseball's first all-professional team) and the 1882 American Association-champion Reds. It is especially ironic that a program which by design so ambitiously celebrates the history of the game (because 1919 was by chance the year of the Golden Jubilee of the 1869 Red Stockings) also represents baseball's darkest hour. This program is a time capsule and a significant relic of the greatest scandal in the history of sports. The 1919 World Series program understandably enjoys a tremendous popularity with collectors, appealing to generalists and 1919 World Series collectors, as well as World Series program specialists. The preprinted lineups include Jackson, Weaver, Felsch, Gandil, Risberg, Cicotte, Schalk, and E. Collins for Chicago, and Daubert, Groh, Roush, and Kopf for Cincinnati. The program has been partially scored through the third inning for what appears to be Game 6, which ended in a 5-4 victory for Chicago. The large-format program (9 x 12 inches) displays moderate wear to the covers, but the pages are clean and bright. Eight pages in the center of the program, including the score sheet pages, are detached from the two binding staples. In Very Good condition overall and an exceptionally attractive example of this extremely important program that would be a significant addition in any World Series program, classic baseball memorabilia, or "Black Sox" collection. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500+.
SOLD FOR $1,422
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