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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-30-2020

Pittsburgh Press, September 30, 1920:

“Buck” Weaver, suspended third baseman of the Whitesox team, is expected to tell his story of the “throwing” of the series to the grand jury today. Fred McMullin, it is reported, may follow Weaver. Both have opened negotiations for the giving of their testimony.

“Swede” Risberg, shortstop, is said to have declared he was not going to confess because he has nothing to confess. “And if anybody squeals on me,” he is reported to have said, “I’ll put them out of business.”

Elsewhere on the front page, nobody can find Eddie Cicotte, Abe Attell says ten New York gamblers won a quarter million dollars from fixing the 1919 World Series, and there are rumors that gamblers are working to get the Dodgers to throw the 1920 Series. This is why Cleveland fans can’t have nice things.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 30, 2020 at 10:28 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-29-2020

Pittsburgh Press, September 29, 1920:



Two more members of the Chicago Whitesox confessed today that they had connived to “throw” the 1919 world’s series to Cincinnati for a bribe of $100,000. They are Claude “Lefty” Williams, pitcher, who told his story to the grand jury, and Oscar “Happy” Felsch, center fielder, who admitted his part in the gigantic plot to the International News Service.

It was reported that George “Buck” Weaver, another of the eight players under indictment, was preparing to go before the grand jury and make a clean breast of his alleged connection with the scandal.

“I got my $5,000,” Felsch said in a statement to the International News Service, “and I guess the others did, too. We were double-crossed out of an even split of the $100,000.”

Elsewhere on the same page, Billy Maharg says he’ll testify in front of the grand jury if Charlie Comiskey gives him $10,000, Joe Jackson says the Sox played the 1920 season honestly, and Abe Attell is pointing a finger at Arnold Rothstein.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 29, 2020 at 10:20 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

Monday, September 28, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-28-2020

Seattle Star, September 28, 1920:



Details of the “confession” made by Eddie Cicotte, White Sox pitcher, on which eight members of the team were indicted by the Cook county grand jury for crookedness in the 1919 world series, were made public late today. Cicotte told the grand jury that each of the eight men were paid individually by the gamblers. He said he got $10,000, and Joe Jackson, another player, $5,000. “Jackson held out for $20,000 but he only got $5,000,” Cicotte told the grand jury. “They promised to pay Jackson the remainder but they never did.”

The crap had officially hit the fan.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 28, 2020 at 10:33 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

Friday, September 25, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-25-2020

New York Evening World, September 25, 1920:

Interest in the Grand Jury investigation of alleged crookedness in baseball centres to-day in the identity of the man whose name has been given by witnesses as the person who fixed the 1919 World’s Series for Cincinnati to win. H.H. Brigham, foreman of the jury, says that he has the name.

While reticent as to the matter, Mr. Brigham said that evidence thus far introduced had brought about a decision to call as witnesses Arnold Rothstein of New York, millionaire turfman and controlling owner of the Havre de Grace race track; William Burns, former Chicago (American) and Cincinnati (National League) pitcher; Abe Attell, former featherweight boxing champion, and several other well known sportsmen.

“I can’t tell you who was involved. In completely unrelated news, we want to talk to Attell, Burns, and Rothstein for…reasons.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 25, 2020 at 10:09 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-24-2020

Pittsburgh Press, September 24, 1920:

Rube Benton Says Pittsburg Betting Syndicate “Fixed” American Leaguers—Gleason’s Men Threatened

Ban Johnson, president of the American league, will be recalled today, it is expected, to tell the grand jury what he knows about an alleged plot to “blackmail” the Chicago Whitesox into losing the American league pennant this year. George M. Cohan, noted actor, and Mont Tennes, a well-known Chicago gambler, probably will be subpoenaed for questioning regarding reports that between them they lost $110,000 betting on the Whitesox in the 1919 world’s series.
The statement by [Ban] Johnson declares that he has been informed that the “Whitesox will not dare to win the pennant in 1920,” and alleges that the gambling syndicate which is said to have “fixed” certain Sox players in the 1919 series is threatening the players with exposure if they should win the flag this year.

I don’t think I knew about this angle. Certainly casts at least a bit of a shadow on Cleveland’s 1920 World Series title, but if the Reds can celebrate 1919, I’m keeping 1920.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

Monday, September 21, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-21-2020

Pittsburgh Press, September 21, 1920:

John A. Heydler and Ban B. Johnson, presidents of the National and American baseball leagues, are expected [in Chicago] tomorrow to testify before the county grand jury inquiring into alleged baseball gambling. Subpoenas for Rube Benton, New York Giants’ pitcher; Charles A. Comiskey, owner of the Chicago Whitesox; William Gleason, manager of the Sox; William L. Veek [sic], president of the Chicago Cubs, and Chicago baseball writers also were issued. Efforts to have Hal Chase, Heinie Zimmerman and Lee Magee, former players, testify will be made, it was said.

The world’s series of 1919 between the Whitesox and Cincinnati Nationals and the alleged “fixed” game of Aug. 31 between the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia will be investigated.

Drip. Drip. Drip.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 21, 2020 at 10:07 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

Friday, July 17, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 7-17-2020

Cordova [Alaska] Daily Times, July 17, 1920:

“Chic” Gandil, star first baseman for the Chicago White Sox last year and recently purchased by St. Anthony of the Snake River Yellowstone league for $10,000, has been released by that team and will play no more baseball this season. Gandil is said to be suffering from appendicitis and goes to Los Angeles, where it is expected he will undergo an operation.

Apparently Gandil had been having trouble with his appendix for about a year, which I had no idea was a thing that could happen. (I assumed appendicitis was always acute and not chronic.) Anyway, when the Black Sox story blows up in September 1920, Gandil will inexplicably be in a Lufkin, Texas hospital for an appendectomy. He was born in Minnesota, grew up on the West Coast, and never played within 100 miles of Lufkin. But that’s where he had his appendix removed.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: July 17, 2020 at 10:25 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, chick gandil, dugout, history



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