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Did The Cubs Throw The 1918 Series?

Ed Cicotte
Ed Cicotte, circa 1907. Photo courtesy of Chicago History Museum

The 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal has always been one of baseball’s great mysteries. Although acquitted by a jury of any wrongdoing, baseball’s first comissioner Kinesaw Mountain Landis decided to issue a lifetime ban to 8 members of the White Sox. Now, more than 90 years after the controversy, we discover that one of those banned ballplayers claimed members of the Cubs committed the same crime the year before. Newly released documents feature the 1920 court deposition from White Sox pitcher Eddie Cicotte, who mentioned the 1918 Cubs throwing the World Series to the Red Sox. Boston, led by young pitcher Babe Ruth won that series 4-2. Although Cicotte didn’t mention any specific players, he did say “the boys on the club” were offered $10,000 to throw the series. Cicotte’s revelation also makes me wonder if the Black Sox were the second Chicago baseball team to throw a World Series? The Chicago History Museum recently put the deposition on its website, which you read here and judge for yourself.

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