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1919 Chicago White Sox (vs. Detroit) Program and Ticket Stub (Four Days before World Series!)
Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,304
Rare 1919 Chicago White Sox regular-season program and ticket stub for a game against the Detroit Tigers on September 27th at Comiskey Park. This was the second-to-last game of the season for Chicago, dating just four days prior to the start of the World Series on October 1st. The preprinted starting lineups include Ty Cobb and Harry Heilmann for Detroit, and Joe Jackson, Eddie Collins, Buck Weaver, Hap Felsch, Chick Gandil, Swede Risberg, and Ray Schalk for Chicago. Also listed for Chicago among the reserves are the other three infamous "eight men out" who later conspired to "throw" the 1919 World Series: Ed Cicotte, Lefty Williams, and Fred McMullin. Although the program is not scored, research indicates that Detroit defeated the White Sox by a score of 7-5. With the White Sox having already clinched the pennant a few days earlier, manager Kid Gleason chose to rest some of his key players in this game, with Jackson, Weaver, Collins, and Schalk all being replaced after one at bat. Both Hap Felsch and Swede Risberg hit home runs in the loss, while Cobb had a single and double for Detroit. At first glance this substantial twenty-page program seems to undermine Comiskey's reputation as a penny pincher; however, upon opening it one finds that its design is actually true to his nature, as every page features nothing but advertisements, save for the two scorecard sheets. Despite the lack of any player photos or articles, both Joe Jackson and Eddie Collins are pictured in an advertisement for Louisville Slugger bats. Given the extreme rarity, not to mention prohibitive cost, of a 1919 Chicago World Series program, this regular-season example offers the next-best alternative for those hobbyists wishing to obtain a representative "Black Sox" program for their collections. This is all the more true since the design of this program is identical (just with different lineups) to that of the Chicago 1919 World Series program. The program (6 x 9 inches), which features a portrait of Comiskey on the cover, displays light handling wear, a light vertical fold, a tiny stain along the top border of the front cover, and a small edge tear on the front cover that affects a few interior pages. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. The ticket stub (3 x 1.25 inches) bears the date "Sep 27" on the front and lists the club's home games for 1919 on the reverse. The year, "1919," is written on the front in blue ink. Without regard to the ink notation, the ticket is in Excellent to Mint condition. Total: 2 items (program and ticket stub). Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,304
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