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    1919 World Series Program (Chicago White Sox). Though Cicotte, "Shoeless Joe" Jackson and the other half dozen collaborators have now passed the centennial of their 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. We can see evidence of Comiskey's famous frugality in this World Series program, identical in format to regular season models but for the interior scorecards (unmarked), a stark contradiction to the otherwise universal practice of producing special programs for Fall Classic play. The ancient relic presents beautifully, due in part to a degree of skilled restoration to wear at the right edge of the cover. Otherwise, there are really no faults worthy of a mention.


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    May, 2021
    6th-8th Thursday-Saturday
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