Amazing 1913 Eddie Cicotte signed Louis Heilbroner Baseball Bureau index card. The Heilbroner Baseball Bureau was established in 1909 and collected data and statistical info of professional players, mostly consisting of 3x5 index cards with abbreviated stat/notations and questionnaires. The 3x5's were sold (many decades ago) to SABR co-founder Ray Nemec who used them as the basis for his player profiles and lifetime records. This was sent to Cicotte in 1913 as a member of the White Sox and he filled out all of the information in his hand including signature. This is the original card filed for Cicotte and that is stamped on the front of the card. Heilbroner would then send these cards back to update the teams that each player played for, and on the back of this one, Cicotte wrote his team history up to 1913: "1904 Semi Pro - Detroit, 1905 Detroit T.O - Augusta, 1906 Indlps - Des Moines, 1907 Lincoln, 1908-12 Boston A [American], 1913-13 Chicago A [American]." Card has Louis Heilbroner Baseball Bureau logo on top right on front. It has minor creasing, otherwise Very Good to Excellent condition. Significant in light of the 100th Anniversary of the 1919 Black Sox scandal of which Cicotte was a participant.
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!