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Eddie Cicotte Autograph – Chicago Black Sox Star.







      
Lot 115. Eddie Cicotte Autograph – Chicago Black Sox Star. Before the 1919 World Series, Cicotte was one of baseball’s most respected pitchers. Relying on an excellent knuckleball, as well as a spitball and shineball, he had won 188 games with an ERA in 2.35 territory. In three seasons, he won more than 20 games. In the 1919 Series, he accepted a bribe of $10,000 to lose Games 1 and 4. After the gamblers behind the scandal failed to pay the involved White Sox players the bribes they had promised, Cicotte won Game 7. A court failed to find Cicotte and his fellow conspirators guilty, but Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the new baseball commissioner, banned him and seven other Black Sox. Cicotte then took on an assumed name to protect his family. He worked in Detroit for the Ford Motor Company for many years. In 1965, he told a reporter, “I admit I did wrong, but I’ve paid for it. I’ve tried to make up for it by living as clean a life as I could. Nobody can hurt me anymore.” He died in 1969. Cicotte’s autograph is mint 9 on a cut that is at least 1.25” x 3.25”. It is matted and framed to 12.75” x 17” with two baseball cards, apparently reproductions, and a 7.5” x 9” photo. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph. Current Bid $134.    


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