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1919 Cincinnati Reds World Series Game 6 Ticket Stub

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,880

Rare ticket stub to Game 6 of the 1919 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds, held at Redland Field in Cincinnati. The reference to "Game 3" on the ticket actually refers to the third World Series game played at Cincinnati on October 7, 1919, which in fact was the sixth game of the Series. Even before the World Series started, rumors were circulating that certain members of the White Sox were conspiring to “throw” the Series. For many fans and sportswriters those rumors appeared to be true after witnessing twenty-nine game winner Eddie Cicotte get knocked from the box in the fourth inning of Game 1, in what was an eventual 9-1 loss to the Reds. Following the Series, it took nearly a full year before the eight conspirators were publicly revealed and indicted for their actions. Although acquitted in a court of law, the now legendary “eight men out” could not escape the justice meted out by newly appointed Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis, who imposed a lifetime banishment for all those accused: Joe Jackson, Buck Weaver, Eddie Cicotte, Lefty Williams, Swede Risberg, Hap Felsch, Chick Gandil, and Fred McMullin. One of the few Chicago players not in on the fix was pitcher Dickie Kerr, who went the whole ten innings in defeating Cincinnati 5-4 in Game 6. Rumor has it the conspirators also played this game to win, as they were unhappy that the full amount of money promised to them by the gambling establishment was never received. Few, if any, 1919 World Series ticket stubs have survived in perfect shape, and this example is no exception. The ticket (4.5 x 2 inches) is heavily creased and there is partial separation between the ticket and rain check. A vertical tear has been repaired by means of vintage clear tape that has browned with age. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $1,880

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