An amazing artifact, perfectly timed for the 100th Anniversary of the 1919 Black Sox scandal, this two-page letter was written in 1922 by Eddie Cicotte. Two separate 5x8" pages, not front and back, it is dated 4-9-22 at the top and includes, "I haven't heard from Swede lately but I guess they are busy booking games." He also writes: "I have been working out the last few days but I can't get any catcher." The letter is written in 8/10 pencil, signed "E. Cicotte," initialed "E.V.C" and dated "4-9-22." It has typical mailing folds, otherwise it is in EX condition. Cicotte lost two of the three games he pitched in that series and was one of the legendary "Eight Men Out" banned from the majors for life due to his indiscretion.
2019 marks the 100th Anniversary of the most infamous scandal in sports history. The 1919 World Series was the scene of the crime, the culprits were eight members of the Chicago “Black Sox” and the crime was game fixing. Shoeless Joe Jackson and seven other members of the “Black Sox” were subsequently banned from baseball three years later and that ban still stands to this day. On this Anniversary, Lelands is privileged to offer a comprehensive collection of memorabilia related to the 1919 World Series teams including a Joe Jackson PSA certified signed document, 1919 World Series tickets, 1919 White Sox season pass, Type I photos, handwritten letters, autographs and much more. Lelands has devoted an entire category in the 2019 Fall Classic to this collection, so go check out “The Black Sox 100th Anniversary Collection” today!