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There was a fellow in Chicago who ran a vintage ticket shop years ago. He had the nicest, most complete 1919 World Series ticket I had ever seen. He wouldn't sell it. We talked about it a lot, but I could never wrangle it from him. Then this one came onto the market, in superior condition and much more beautiful to the eye. And blue! There are particular vintage, colored baseball tickets that are very difficult to find: Early 1920's Yankee Stadium yellow tickets, first year 1912 Fenway Park purple tickets, and these blue beauties. I believe this is the finest 1919 World Series ticket that exists. It has been one of the treasures of my collection. It was formerly in the personal collection of Bill Mastro. It belongs in a museum in Chicago or Cooperstown. Thanks for looking, and I love to trade. Always interested in trading for Porsche (Porsche not included).
Buying tickets to any gameBabe Ruthplayed in. And if Babe hit a homerun in the game I'll pay $1 per foot of Babe's homerun. If Babe hit a 400 foot HR,I'll pay$400for the ticket. If he hit two 425 foot homers,I'll pay$850for the ticket. If he hit 385, 500, and 540 foothomers in the same game (which he did),I'll pay$1425for the ticket. I'm also interested in just about any pre-1940 baseball ticket. I'd love to hear from you. And thanks for looking.
1919 World Series
Even a casual baseball fan can tell you a little something about the Black Sox scandal of 1919. The very fiber that held the game together was challenged when the news broke a year after the series that a fix was on from the first inning of game. Eight members of the participating White Sox including pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Claude (Lefty) Williams, outfielders Joe Jackson and Happy Felsch, first baseman Chick Gandil, shortstop Swede Risberg, third baseman Buck Weaver and reserve infielder Fred McMullin were all charged with conspiring to fix the outcome of the Fall Classic against the Cincinnati Reds. Cynics were tipped off before the Series even started when the pre-game betting odds swapped shortly before the first game. Chicago's White Sox were originally slated as heavy favorites, but were later changed to underdogs in favor of the Cincinnati Reds. Despite the rumors, most fans and members of the press accepted the games to be true, but all that would change in 1920 as suspicions turned into confessions.
The first Game of the 1919 scandal featured an outstanding and "authentic" performance by the Reds' pitcher Dutch Ruether. In addition to going the distance in a six hitter, he went three for three with two triples and three runs batted in. Greasy Neale, who would go on to lead his team in hitting with a .351, also performed well at the plate in tandem with teammate Jake Daubert. The White Sox put on quite a show themselves, losing 9-1 in questionable fashion. Nothing changed the following day as Cincinnati's Slim Sallee faired the same, tossing a 4-2 Game 2 victory that was sealed by a Larry Kopf two run triple in the fourth. Dickey Kerr, an up and coming rookie for the White Sox, drew the start for Game 3. Apparently untouched by the scandal, the tough lefthander refused to roll over and threw a three hit 3-0 winner to put Chicago back in the race (whether they wanted to be or not).
The inspired Reds, unaware that a fix was on, pitched back-to-back shutouts in Games 4 and 5 on the arms of Jimmy Ring (2-0) and Hod Eller (5-0) who sat down six consecutive batters. But wait! It wasn't over yet... In any other year, the Series would have ended there, but 1919 was different. Due to the intense postwar interest, the commissioner of baseball had decided to extend this Fall Classic to a best-of-nine affair.
To curb further suspicion, the Black Sox decided to make a reasonable effort and rebounded in the following two games with 5-4 and 4-1 victories. Cincinnati "dominated" the final outing "with a little help" from their crooked rivals in a 10-5 stomp that started with four runs in the first inning. The Reds had won their first World Championship in their first Fall Classic appearance. Unfortunately, the victory would be bittersweet after the scandal had been confirmed a year later. The Black Sox had been able to camouflague their deception by being selective in their misdeeds. Joe Jackson had batted a Series-leading .375 but acknowledged that he had let up in key situations. Buck Weaver had also performed well at the plate by hitting .324. Chick Gandil had game-deciding hits in two outings and Eddie Cicotte had tossed a one-run game to avoid elimination.
After a lengthy investigation in 1920, the members of Chicago's tainted team were amazingly acquitted the following year despite their own confessions (which were recanted later). All of the players involved were banned from baseball because of their undeniable link to gamblers. The league offices were constantly denying accusations from the press that professional baseball itself was in on the take and made every effort to assure the fans that the 1919 scandal was an isolated incident. "Regardless of the verdict of juries," the commissioner said in a statement, "no player that throws a ball game, no player that entertains proposals or promises to throw a game, no player that sits in a conference with a bunch of crooked players and gamblers where the ways and means of throwing games are discussed, and does not promptly tell his club about it, will ever again play professional baseball." To this day participants in the Black Sox conspiracy have been denied entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
"Regardless of the verdict of juries, no player that throws a ball game, no player that entertains proposals or promises to throw a game, no player that sits in a conference with a bunch of crooked players and gamblers where the ways and means of throwing games are discussed, and does not promptly tell his club about it, will ever play professional baseball." - Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis1919 World Series1919 World Series Official ProgramCincinnati Reds (5) vs Chicago White Sox (3)1919 World Series Fast FactsGame 1Date / Box Score10-01-1919LocationRedland FieldAttendance30,511Game 2Date / Box Score10-02-1919LocationRedland FieldAttendance29,690Game 3Date / Box Score10-03-1919LocationComiskey ParkAttendance29,126Game 4Date / Box Score10-04-1919LocationComiskey ParkAttendance34,363Game 5Date / Box Score10-06-1919LocationComiskey ParkAttendance34,379Game 6Date / Box Score10-07-1919LocationRedland FieldAttendance32,006Game 7Date / Box Score10-08-1919LocationRedland FieldAttendance13,923Game 8Date / Box Score10-09-1919LocationComiskey ParkAttendance32,9301919 World Series Fast Facts
1919 World Series
Game 1Line Score /Box Score1919 World Series Game 1 Pitcher(s)Cincinnati Pitcher(s)
Dutch Home RunsCincinnati Home World Series
Game 2Line Score /Box Score1919 World Series Game 2 Pitcher(s)Cincinnati Pitcher(s)Lefty Williams(L)Slim Sallee(W)Chicago Home RunsCincinnati Home World Series
Game 3Line Score /Box Score1919 World Series Game 3 Pitcher(s)Chicago Pitcher(s)
Dickie Home RunsChicago Home World Series
Game 4Line Score /Box Score1919 World Series Game 4 Pitcher(s)Chicago Pitcher(s)Jimmy Ring(W)
Cincinnati Home RunsChicago Home World Series
Game 5Line Score /Box Score1919 World Series Game 5 Pitcher(s)Chicago Pitcher(s)Hod Mayer(9th)Cincinnati Home RunsChicago Home World Series
Game 6Line Score /Box Score1919 World Series Game 6 Pitcher(s)Cincinnati Pitcher(s)Dickie Ruether
Jimmy Ring(L, 6th)Chicago Home RunsCincinnati Home World Series
Game 7Line Score /Box Score1919 World Series Game 7 Pitcher(s)Cincinnati Pitcher(s)
Eddie Luque(6th)Chicago Home RunsCincinnati Home World Series
Line Score /Box Score
1919 World Series Game 8 Pitcher(s)Chicago Pitcher(s)Hod Wilkinson(6th)Cincinnati Home RunsChicago Home RunsNoneJoe World Hitting Daubert
Ivey World Hitting Cicotte
Lefty World Pitching StatisticsNameWLGGSCGSShIPERAHSOERBBHod Eller
Slim World Pitching Cicotte
Lefty Joe Jacksonstill belong in the National Baseball Hall of Fame? How about any of the other players involved in the scandal? Discuss why or why not in ourforums...Francis C. Richter, editor for the Reach Baseball Guide, wrote the following in 1920, "Any man who knows anything at all about base ball and base ball players knows absolutely that both the game and its exemplars are absolutely honest so far as its public presentation is concerned, and any man who insinuates that the 1919 World's Series was not honorably played by every participant therein not only does not know what he is talking about, but is a menace to the game quite as much as the gamblers would be if they had the ghost of a chance to get in their nefarious work."
The signal that the World Series "fix" was on occurred whenEddie Cicottehit the first batter he faced in the bottom of the first inning ofGame 1.