Thursday, October 22, 2020

Chicago Ball Players Accused of Conspiracy -- October 22, 2020


Morgan County, Tennessee Press, 22-October-1920

100 years ago today, on 22-October-1920, a grand jury indicted eight members of the Chicago White Sox and five gamblers for fixing the 1919 World Series. 

Thirteen Are
Indicted for
Ball "Fixing"

Seven Members of White Sox,
Three Former Players, Boxer
And Two Gamblers Are
Named by Grand Jury.

Chicago, Oct. 29. -- Two indictments charging 13 persons with operating a confidence game and conspiracy were returned in court today by the grand jury investigating the base ball scandal.

Seven members of the Chicago White Sox, three former base ball players, a boxer and two gamblers were named in the true bills voted recently,

The charges grew out of the alleged "fixing" of last year's world's series between the White Sox and Cincinnati.

Those indicted are:
Eddie Cicotte, Joe Jackson, Claude Williams, Fred McMullin, George Weaver, William Burns, Oscar Felsch and Charles Risberg, White Sox players: Arnold "Chick" Gandil. former White Sox player; Hal Chase, former New York Giants; Abe Attell, former boxer; Joseph "Sport" Sullivan of Boston; and Rachael Brown of New York.

The conspiracy indictment contains five counts, including charges of conspiracy to obtain money under false pretenses and to injure the business of the Chicago American league base ball club.

Three Confess.

Cicotte, Jackson and Williams Confessed to the grand jury they had accepted bribes to lose the series last year, and named the others as parties to the plot.

Extradition papers have been prepared by the state's attorney for the 13 and efforts will be made immediately, it was announced, to obtain their return to Chicago. Attell is reported to be in Canada; Cicotte in Detroit, Gandil in Texas, Jackson and Weaver in North Carolina.

True bills against three owners of base ball pools were voted today by the special Grand Jury Investigating base bell.

Owners of the Great Western, Universal and American-National pools are named In the bills. All are Chicago men.

Chief Justice McDonald announced that he would fix bail at $5,000 on each Indictment or 10,000 for each of those named.

To Meet Again Nov. 6.

Investigation of the pools resulted from numerous complaints received by the Grand jury from men holding winnings, who were unable to collect on their slips.

The special grand jury adjourned late today until November 6, when it will be dissolved unless further evidence Is brought up for consideration.

Those against whom true bills were voted today are:
William Chellue, Martin Carlin and F. C. Walters, all of Chicago,

While the grand jurors were returning the indictment before Chief Justice Charles A. McDonald. Ban Johnson, president of the American league, turned over to Assistant State's Attorney Hartley Replogle a letter from a Kansas City sporting editor alleging that "Frog" Thompson, Kansas City gambler received a telegram, from Claud Hendrix, Chicago Cub player advising, him to "bet $5,000 on the opposition" in the game between Philadelphia and Chicago here August 29. It was the circumstance surrounding the Cubs defeat on that data that started the base ball gambling investigation. The Kansas City letter also alleges that Thompson received a telegram from Hal Chase, who was then In California, confirming the Hendrix message.

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