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1920 NY Yankees at Chicago White Sox Program with Babe Ruth and Joe Jackson Plus Two Circa 1918 Notebooks (3)

Starting Bid - $200.00 , Sold For - $1,175.00

Presented are three 1918-1920 vintage Joe Jackson/Babe Ruth-related items: 1) 1920 program issued for a game between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park in Chicago. Despite the fact that eight members of the Chicago White Sox had "thrown" the 1919 World Series, it wasn't until the following year that the scandal finally "broke." As the the "Black Sox" took the field in 1920, they did so with a cloud over their heads. Headlines blared, lawyers were retained, rumors flourished. It was under those circumstances that the New York Yankees, with their newest star, Babe Ruth, visited Comiskey Park on August 3, 1920, to square off against the Chicago White Sox. This program, which features a portrait image of Charles Comiskey on the cover, was issued for that game. The preprinted lineups include Ruth for the Yankees and four of the eight players involved in "the fix" for the White Sox: Joe Jackson, Buck Weaver, Oscar Felsch, and Swede Risberg. The starting pitchers for the game were Red Faber for Chicago and Carl Mays for New York. The White Sox, perhaps trying to atone for past sins, defeated the Yankees 3-1. This would be the last year that Babe Ruth and Joe Jackson would ever appear in the same game. The program is neatly scored in pencil. The paper stock on which these programs were printed is very cheap (no doubt courtesy of the notoriously frugal Charles Comiskey) and very susceptible to tears. The offered example is no exception and displays a few minor border tears on the cover. The program is complete; however, the pages have neatly detached from the spine. Aside from the detached pages, the program (20 pages; 6 x 9 inches) is otherwise in Very Good to Excellent condition. 2-3) Included with the program, and ideal for display with it, are two circa 1918 "Play Ball" writing tablets that feature, respectively, photos of Ruth and Jackson on the covers. Ruth is captured in a pitching pose as a member of the Red Sox, with the smaller photos of Slim Salee, Eddie Collins, and Eddie Cicotte displayed below him. Jackson is seen at the plate during batting practice, with the smaller photos of Tris Speaker, Edd Roush, and Carl Mays displayed along the base. Both writing tablets (8 x 10 inches) include unused interior sheets and are, with the exception of a small corner chip in the lower right of the Ruth cover and a minor tear to the top paper "spine" of the Jackson cover, in Excellent overall condition. Total: 3 items (1 program and 2 writing tablets). Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,175.00

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