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1919 Chicago White Sox 50th Anniversary Reunion Program (1869)
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $587.50
Extremely rare six-page program and menu from the 1919 banquet of The Old Timers Baseball Association held in celebration of the golden anniversary of the assembling of the Chicago White Stockings of 1869. This celebratory banquet, which took place on December 9, 1919, at the Great Northern Hotel, could not have come at a better time for Chicago baseball fans. The heavily favored White Sox had just lost the World Series to the upstart Reds, and to make matters worse rumors were circulating that a number of White Sox players had “thrown” the Series. On this night, however, hearts were lightened by remembrances of past glories and championship years gone by. Listed among the honored guests scheduled to make toasts are White Sox owner Charles Comiskey, former team manager and star player Cap Anson, and, ironically, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who was a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois at the time. One year later, Landis was appointed Commissioner of Baseball, whereupon he immediately imposed a sentence of lifetime banishment for all eight White Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series. The program (6.25 x 9.25 inches) is bound by means of string along the top and is in extraordinary Excellent to Mint condition. An extremely rare piece and the only example we have ever seen, and a fascinating item connecting the years of glory past with the 1919 Black Sox scandal. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $587.50
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