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1919 Chicago "Black Sox" vs. New York Yankees Program with Jackson and Halas

Lot Number 573

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While nobody will ever know for certain just how much influence underworld kingpin Arnold Rothstein had on the 1919 World Series, eight names are forever linked to infamy in an alleged scandal that nearly ruined America’s National Pastime. Predecessors to the supremacy of the Bronx Bombers, the Chicago White Sox won two pennants in three seasons – including a 1919 flag that culminated with disgrace as a group of players rebelled against tight-fisted owner Charles Comiskey and, by many accounts, purposely lost the Fall Classic. With the Pale Hose in full stride on their way to that pennant, this program was issued at the Polo Grounds for a contest against the New York Yankees. The eight-page guide features advertisements for New York City establishments, as well as scorecard pages with pre-printed lineups and unmarked scoring grids. Based on the names listed, we surmise that the program was, with high probability, issued for the June 5-8 series. Among the starters listed are banned conspirators Weaver, Felsch, Risberg and cleanup hitter Jackson. Listed among the pitchers are Cicotte and Williams, while Gandil and McMullen are listed among the reserves. Listed among the Yankee reserves is football legend George Halas. Halas’ Major League career consisted of just 12 games during the 1919 season – including the opener of the series in which this program was issued. With covers, pages and original staples completely intact, the program presents nicely, though has a vertical compacting fold inherent to nearly all stadium-issued publications of this era. As for pinpointing the date, there are two listed players (Frank Shellenback and Mellie Wolfgang) who were no longer in baseball during the White Sox’ subsequent two trips to New York. This is an absolute rare survivor and one of the very few “Black Sox” trinkets remaining.

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