In honor of the 100th Anniversary of Black Sox scandal and the Cincinnati Reds "victory" comes this remarkable Reds chalk statue. This figural statue in chalk dates from the classic 1919 World Series, and incredibly, this "mascot" is African American. He stands a cocky 8" tall on a round base inscribed "Cincy Kid" on one side and "World Series" on the other. This is one of two known to exist. However, the other known specimen was repainted in white long ago and was therefore thought to be a white boy although his features were negroid. Several teams through the years were known for these shameful but culturally fascinating black mascots, from the 1889 Spalding World Tour to this gem. While it has had some in-painting, the paint is still 95% original.
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!