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1919 Official World Series Gate Receipts Document for Game 4 at Chicago (Ex-Halper)

Starting Bid - $1,500.00 , Sold For - $4,406.25

Extraordinarily historic and significant official 1919 World Series document: One-page official document recording the gate receipts for Game Four of the 1919 World Series, signed by the appropriate overseeing officials from the American League, National League, and National Commission. Game Four of the 1919 World Series was held at Chicago’s Comiskey Park and this document duly notes the total attendance (34,363) as well as the gross receipts ($97,807), the amount due to both the National Commission ($9,780.70) and the players ($52,815.78), and the balance due to the clubs and respective leagues ($35,210.52). Signed in agreement by F. C. Bancroft for the National League, Harry Grabiner for the American League, and William Harridge and L. H. Constans for the National Commission (the governing body of Major League baseball at the time). Each of the signatures is penned in black fountain pen and grades “9/10.” Cincinnati defeated the White Sox in Game Four by a score of 2-0, with both runs coming in the fifth inning as a result of two “errors” by Chicago pitcher Eddie Cicotte. This official document accounted for and memorialized the gate receipts immediately following the game. Although rumors of a “fix” were circulating even before the Series began, it wasn’t until the following year that the full details of the infamous “Black Sox” scandal became public. Due to either their direct or indirect involvement in the scandal, Commissioner Landis permanently banned from baseball the notorious “Eight Men Out”: Cicotte, Joe Jackson, Chick Gandil, Swede Risberg, Fred McMullin, Lefty Williams, Buck Weaver, and Hap Felsch. This is one of the very few official documents known to exist directly relating to the infamous 1919 World Series. This document, once owned by Barry Halper, was a highlight in his extensive 1919 World Series collection; in 1999 it appeared as Lot 545 in the historic Barry Halper sale, where it sold for $4,830. The document displays normal fold lines, a few slight creases, and three staple holes in the upper left corner. In Very Good to Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,500. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $4,406.25

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