Chicago History Museum
Did the Red Sox really win the 1918 World Series? The specter that the series against the Chicago Cubs -- a great moment in the team's history that sustained many a fan over decades of drought until 2004 -- may have been rigged has been raised by a document from a court case that has recently been released.
The document is a 1920 court deposition from Eddie Cicotte, one of the notorious "Black Sox" players -- White Sox players who were exiled from baseball after their tainted 1919 World Series against Cincinnati, the Associated Press reports.
In the deposition, recently posted on the Chicago History Museum website, Cicotte said "the boys on the club" talked about how one Cub or a number of Cubs were offered $10,000 to throw the 1918 series. Cicotte did not name any names or provide any details in the deposition, the AP reported.
In the document, Cicotte says that the way the Black Sox scandal started was the team began talking on a train "about somebody trying to fix the National League ball players or something like that in the World's Series of 1918. Well anyway there was some talk about them offering $10,000 or something to throw the Cubs in the Boston Series."
"Did the Cubs cheat in 1918? Did the White Sox really do the same thing the next year? Does this taint the Red Sox victory in 1918? Until 2004, Boston fans looked back to that victory the same way Cubs fans still look back to 1908," the museum wrote on its website.
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