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    The most notorious season in baseball history

    1919 Chicago Black Sox Publication Archive including World Series Game 5 Program. "I never did anything I regretted so much in my life," Chicago White Sox pitcher Eddie Cicotte would tell a journalist, years after Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banished him and his fellow conspirators from baseball forever. "I would give anything in the world if I could undo my acts - I played a crooked game and I have lost." Though Cicotte, Shoeless Joe Jackson and the other half dozen collaborators are nearing a centennial of excommunication, most baseball historians have long since forgiven their sins, understanding that the truth for these Sox was neither black nor white, but rather a shade of grey. Landis, one of the fiercest defenders of the game's entrenched racism, is honored in Cooperstown. With him is Charles Comiskey, who benched Cicotte rather than allow him the opportunity to earn a deserved thirty-win bonus, and who paid his American League Champions well under the standard salary.

    The moral complexity of the sport's greatest scandal has been the fuel that propels the rare surviving collectibles from the 1919 Black Sox to the pinnacle of collecting intrigue, but rarely is such a bounty delivered in a single auction lot. Comprising this special offering:

    1) 1919 World Series Game Five (at Chicago) program. Comiskey is pictured on the program's cover, an image that today serves as a reminder that the main catalyst to his team's treachery was his own problematic frugality. Center score sheets are completed in pencil for the Reds' five to nothing victory. The White Sox committed three errors in this game while presenting anemic offense, strong evidence of the conspiracy at work. Heavy creasing from standard vertical center fold, spine split at lower quarter, staining lower right of cover and general handling wear, but solid and complete.

    2) 1919 Chicago White Sox at New York Yankees regular season program. Shoeless Joe went three for four at Brush Stadium (the Polo Grounds) in this second game of a July 30, 1919 doubleheader. Final score: Sox 5, Yanks 3. Pencil-scored at center. Some foxing, light edge wear, but solid and complete.

    3) 1919 World Series Souvenir Record Book. Printed in Chicago and available only during the Series, this is one of just a handful of examples known to survive to present day. Thirty-six pages feature photography and biographical information regarding all Fall Classic combatants. A very solid example with only mild edge and corner wear, no creasing or staining. Dimensions 5.5x7".







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