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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 1-20-2021

Pittsburgh Press, January 20, 1921:

Buck Weaver, brilliant third baseman who was indicted with seven other Whitesox players for alleged conspiracy to “throw” the 1919 world’s series to Cincinnati, is certain he will play major league baseball next season and with the Whitesox.

Weaver, according to friends, has offered to bet $500 that he will be back with Kid Gleason’s crew when the 1921 season opens.

Dude. Buck. Stop with the betting. It isn’t helping.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: January 20, 2021 at 08:08 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-2-2020

Bridgeport Times, December 2, 1920:

George “Buck” Weaver, former Chicago American baseball league club infielder, implicated by the confession of three White Sox players in the world series exposures before the Cook county grand jury recently, plans to appear in the various Chicago vaudeville houses in a monologue designed to prove his innocence of complicity in the alleged conspiracy to “throw” the 1919 series, it was said in sporting circles today.

Seems like a more interesting way to make money than working at a pharmacy.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 02, 2020 at 10:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

Friday, October 30, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-30-2020

Toledo News-Bee, October 30, 1920:

Eddie Cicotte, Joe Jackson, Claude Williams, Fred McMullin, George Weaver, Oscar Helsch, and Charley Risberg of the Chicago White Sox were indicted by the Chicago grand jury on Friday, charged with operating a confidence game and conspiracy in connection with the throwing of world series games last year.

Bill Burns and Chick Gandil, former Sox players; Hal Chase, late of the New York Giants; Abe Attell, former boxer, and Sport Sullivan of Boston, and Rachael Brown of New York also were indicted.

Chief Justice McDonald stated he would fix bail at $5000 on each indictment, or $10,000 for each of those named in the charges.

I have absolutely no idea who Rachael Brown is. Apparently nobody else really knows either.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 30, 2020 at 10:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history, mysteries

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-28-2020

Norwich Bulletin, October 28, 1920:

The Chicago American League club, in a statement issued tonight through its secretary, Harry Grabiner, denied that Harry Redmond or anyone else had given the club positive evidence prior to the grant jury baseball investigation that Chicago players had “thrown” games to Cincinnati in the 1919 world’s series.
“Redmond never gave anyone connected with this club any evidence upon which the club could act,” said the statement…“He had only rumors, only hearsay stories. He could not name or furnish anything which could be called evidence.”

I’m trying to think about what would happen in 2020 if someone went to, say, the Rays’ front office this offseason with a story that a third of their team was in on a World Series fix. I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t shrug and say ‘Welp, it’s just a rumor so whatevs’, which is what it looks like the Sox did.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 28, 2020 at 10:41 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-27-2020

Washington Times, October 27, 1920:

Joe Gedeon, second baseman with the St. Louis Browns, is through with baseball, following his testifying before the grand jury [in Chicago]. He admitted that he had been tipped off that the 1919 world’s series was to be fixed and that he had given his information to two St. Louis gamblers coming with them to bet on the series.

“I’m through with baseball now,” says Gedeon. “I’d never be able to stand the gaff around the circuit after this blowoff. I’m going to quit…I wasn’t the only major league player who cashed in on the ‘fixed’ series.”

“You can’t ban me. I quit.”

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 27, 2020 at 10:20 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: black sox, dugout, history

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



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