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    1919 World Series Games One & Two Ticket Stubs, PSA Authentic. "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, and this Fall Classic lot represents the beginning of their fall. The original owner of this pair of tickets was there to see Eddie Cicotte signal the fix was on with his beaning of the first Red he faced in Game One, and for Lefty Williams' dive in Game Two. The obverse of each presents beautifully, with the verso of the former exhibiting signs of scrapbook removal. Each encapsulated by PSA, Authentic.


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