With underworld heavies and corruption allegedly prevalent in Major League Baseball, the 1917 World Series was a mere precursor to the infamous 1919 “Black Sox” disgrace. Encapsulated and assessed “Authentic” by SGC, this ticket stub was issued at the Polo Grounds for Game 4 of a Fall Classic which many point to as being the first “fixed” October extravaganza. This “Grand Tier Reserved Seat” voucher features printed seating/event details and the facsimile signature of Giants owner Harry Hempstead. In a 5-0 triumph, the hosts were powered by two home runs from Benny Kauff and a Heinie Zimmerman triple. Both of those players were later banned by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis. This incredibly rare survivor has a “GAME 2” printed identifier, denoting the second game at the National League site. This item has a reserve (estimated value: $1200-$1500).
Regarding the alleged conspiracy to throw the 1917 World Series, Zimmerman batted just .120 (3-for-25) and was involved in the questionable rundown play that allowed the series-winning run to cross in Game 6. Following the 1919 season, both Zimmerman and Hal Chase were indicted for bribery and banned by Commissioner Landis. Kauff was banned by Landis for selling stolen automobiles.