The 1919 Chicago White Sox have been analyzed and talked about more than any team in baseball history. Like the other great scandals in history, the questions will be milled over and researched forever with no definite answers to be found. What we do know is that eight men conspired with gamblers to make some money and lose the World Series and suffered consequences they could never have imagined. Here the four pitchers of the 1919 team pose together on the eve of the World Series. The damage was done, the meeting with gamblers over and all that was left was to lose and not look too bad doing it. This quartet featured two of the men who had the biggest impact on the fix, Lefty Williams (far left) as well as Ed Cicotte (second from right) as well as clean players Bill James and Honest Dickie Kerr. Taken by Charles Conlon and stamped on the back with his handwritten notes as well, this is the last of the series of 1919 White Sox that we were missing when we sold the outfielder and infielders in our Holiday 2017 auction. This is the only example of this photograph that we know of in the hobby and despite artwork being added for publication, it is actually in really nice shape overall with some tape residue being the only major flaws. An important piece of baseball history from one of the greatest photographers of all time.
Designation: Vintage 1
Overall Grade: 9/10