We’ll never be certain just who was involved and their degrees of dishonesty during the 1919 Chicago “Black Sox” World Series scandal. The harsh reality is that it tarnished America’s national pastime, causing nearly irreparable damage remedied only by the subsequent emergence of Babe Ruth. Mirroring the “mysteries” regarding precise details of who did (or didn’t do) what, artifacts from that infamous Fall Classic are as fleeting as clues supporting guilt or innocence. Presented is one such heirloom: a ticket stub issued at Cincinnati’s Redland Field for Game 2 of that October confrontation. Encapsulated and assessed “Authentic” by SGC, the voucher is one of a scant few examples extant. This item has a reserve (estimated value: $1000-$1500). More on our website.
As the rivals took the field for Game 2, all was not well with the White Sox. The obvious reason was the previous day’s 9-1 defeat fueled by the suspect performance of Pale Hose pitcher Eddie Cicotte. But Cicotte was the only conspirator shrewd enough to demand payment up front ($10,000), which he received. Already down, one game to none, other White Sox principals likely questioned themselves at this juncture. Allegedly in on the “fix,” White Sox Game 2 pitcher Lefty Williams was serviceable through three innings, but “mysteriously” couldn’t find the plate in the fourth inning, as he walked three and yielded three runs. That was enough to secure a 4-2 loss. Still, the promised revenue was nowhere in sight. Bill “Sleepy” Burns (a former White Sox pitcher and associate of New York gambler Arnold Rothstein), managed to wrest $10,000 from Rothstein’s associate, Abe Attell. Burns forwarded the money to White Sox first baseman Chick Gandil, who in turn distributed it among conspirators.
As for the offered ticket, it is uncertain whether or not the uneven tears/cuts were rendered upon stadium admission. And while trimmed edges account for the technical assessment, the vibrant colors, printed seating/event details and clean reverse are magnificent. The “World’s Series,” “Cincinnati,” “1919” and “GAME 2” printed identifiers leave no doubt as to the item’s status as a scarce survivor from perhaps the most tainted chapter in the history of American sports.