Sunday, November 25, 2007

New buzz on the Black Sox

While researching my biography on Ray Schalk, I learned that the Chicago Tribune today carried a blockbuster story -- at least for people interested in baseball and Chicago sports history -- reporting that a box full of letters, memos and documents related to the Black Sox scandal, heretofore thought lost forever, have resurfaced.

Scanning the few samples posted on the Tribune's web site, I saw Schalk's name mentioned once -- where apparently he was to come in to White Sox offices for an interview about what he know of the affair.

It was Schalk, perhaps before any other of the honest players, who smelled a rat during the team's 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. After all, if a pitcher isn't hitting his spots, showing his stuff or following signs, the catcher would be the first to know.

This is a fascinating event for folks interested in what went on in October 1919. But it doesn't necessarily help the cause trying to clear the names of two of the eight banned players, Buck Weaver and Shoeless Joe Jackson.