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    Watch Rare Footage Of The Black Sox Throwing The 1919 World Series

    What we have here is, to my knowledge, the best* surviving footage of the 1919 World Series. It's pretty amazing, not least because it allows you to watch the infamous Black Sox actually throwing a game.

    As you may recall if you've read the shoddily researched book Eight Men Out or seen the well-done John Sayles movie based on it, one of the ringleaders of the scheme to throw the World Series at the behest of a gambling syndicate was ace Eddie Cicotte, the only player smart enough to demand his payoff upfront. (He got $10,000, placed under his pillow on the eve of the Series. That's about $137,000 in today's money, though it might be better thought of as twice his 1919 salary.) He famously hit the first batter he faced in the first game of the Series as a signal that the fix was on and then allowed six runs, something he'd done only twice in 35 starts that year.

    If you go to the 3:20 mark in the video, you'll see the lowlights of Cicotte's five-run fourth inning. (At one point, interestingly, a ball is hit on the infield and he neither goes for it nor tries to back up a base.) If you're a certain kind of fan, this is an astonishing thing to see; the Black Sox were neither the first nor the only team to collude with gamblers, and may not have been the first to throw World Series games, but this was the precise moment when the problem became too obvious to ignore, and which forced baseball to decide whether or not it would be a level game. It's right there with Jackie Robinson's debut among the most significant moments in the game's history.

    There's a lot more here that's interesting to see, especially footage of a massive New York crowd following the game, which was being played in Cincinnati, in real time via a mechanical scoreboard whose operator got the results by telegraph. What might be most remarkable, though, is that we have this footage at all. It was part of a cache of newsreels from the Canadian Yukon that were at one point used to fill in a swimming pool that was being converted into a hockey rink. The newsreels were discovered in 1978 and sat in an archive, and it was only this year that a White Sox fan working on a documentary about the lost films stumbled onto this one. Good luck for him, and better luck for us.

    [via Eye on Baseball]

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    Great find.

    I really couldn't catch the scene where Cicotte failed to cover on the grounder to the right side. Still this is a great piece of the darkest period in baseball history.

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    Yeah, I didn't see that either, but he is clearly just hanging around the mound instead of running to cover bases or back up throws.

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    Default Pat Venditte Debut

    I have heard of ambidextrous pitchers but don't think I have never seen one before -- certainly not at the MLB level, if ever.

    In case you were wondering, the rule -- the broadcasters called it the "Venditte Rule" -- the pitcher must declare which side he intends to pitch from so that a switch hitter can know which side of the plate to try his luck.

    Rule 8.01 (f): A pitcher must indicate visually to the umpire-in-chief, the batter and any runners the hand with which he intends to pitch, which may be done by wearing his glove on the other hand while touching the pitcher's plate. The pitcher is not permitted to pitch with the other hand until the batter is retired, the batter becomes a runner, the inning ends, the batter is substituted for by a pinch-hitter or the pitcher incurs an injury. In the event a pitcher switches pitching hands during an at-bat because he has suffered an injury, the pitcher may not, for the remainder of the game, pitch with the hand from which he has switched. The pitcher shall not be given the opportunity to throw any preparatory pitches after switching pitching hands. Any change of pitching hands must be indicated clearly to the umpire-in-chief.

    PS I'd forgotten this, but Venditte had been in the Yankees' farm system for seven years. He did well on the A's triple-A team this year, so they brought him up. Pretty cool. He worked so hard for so long to become superior from both sides.
    Last edited by hbcat; June 6th, 2015 at 09:15 AM.

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