1917 CHICAGO WHITE SOX "ALL HAIL THE CHAMPIONS" W/CHARLES COMISKEY (HOF).
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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9:00:00 PM (20 Minute Clock Begins At Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9:00:00 PM)
Only example known to Hake's, 1" with curl text "© C. L. Donnelly" and back paper "Compliments of Hotel Planters John P. Harding Prop.". The Hotel Planters was a once famous location at 19 N. Clark in downtown Chicago. The White Sox won their second World Series six months after America entered World War I by defeating the National League's New York Giants in six games, thus, this button design shows not only a pair of white socks, a baseball, and a bat but also a bullet and rifle all arranged below a photo of the team owner, National Baseball Hall of Famer Charles Comiskey, who was also an excellent ballplayer in his earlier days with the St. Louis Ball club during the 1880s. The 1917 Chicago White Sox marked the beginning of a mini-dynasty, so to speak, as the Sox would dominate the American League for the next three seasons, ultimately becoming infamous for the 1919 Black Sox scandal whereby the club "threw" the 1919 World Series to the National League's Cincinnati Reds. The '17 squad was led by one of the greatest ballplayers of all-time, "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, who remains ineligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame because of his gambling ties during the 1919 World Series. Fellow teammates, Eddie Collins, Ray Schalk and Red Faber would, however, reach Cooperstown eventualy for their excellence at second base, catcher and starting pitcher. Eddie Cicotte was another strong starter for the Chicago club but he was also banned for life because of the Black Sox scandal by Commissioner, Kenesaw Mountain Landis in 1920. Any early 20th century relic that combines baseball and military interests is highly desirable. NM. Paul Muchinsky Collection.
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