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  • Did the 1918 Cubs throw the World Series ?

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    Did the 1918 Cubs Throw the World Series?
    Posted Apr 20th 2008 2:18PM by Tom Fornelli
    Filed under: Chicago, White Sox, Cubs, MLB Gambling, MLB Rumors

    Just about anybody who is a baseball fan knows the story of the 1919 White Sox. The story of how that team threw the 1919 World Series against the Reds was forever immortalized in the book and eventually the movie Eight Men Out, and it caused Shoeless Joe Jackson to spend eternity in a cornfield in Field of Dreams. What we didn't know until now, is that the White Sox may have just been following the lead of their crosstown rivals.

    A newly found affidavit from the 1920 Grand Jury hearings has claims that the Cubs may have thrown the 1918 World Series against the Boston Red Sox as well.
    Now, it cannot be said for certain that gamblers got to the '18 Cubs. But Eddie Cicotte, pitcher and one of the eight White Sox outcasts from the '19 World Series, did say in a newly found affidavit he gave to the 1920 Cook County grand jury that the Cubs influenced the Black Sox. Cicotte said the notion of throwing a World Series first came up when the White Sox were on a train to New York. The team was discussing the previous year's World Series, which had been fixed, according to players. Some members of the Sox tried to figure how many players it would take to throw a Series. From that conversation, Cicotte said, a scandal was born.
    The Cubs were 84-45 that year and serious favorites. Cicotte is not alone in suggesting they had been paid off. The lost diary of Charles Comiskey's righthand man, Harry Grabiner, supposedly indicates that the 1918 World Series was fixed. The reporting of baseball columnist Hugh Fullerton -- the man who eventually blew the whistle on baseball's gambling problem -- also suggested that something was afoul in 1918. Fullerton's accounts of those games repeatedly point out bizarre baserunning mistakes and defensive flubs.

    The box scores support his descriptions. The Cubs were picked off three times, including twice in the decisive Game 6. That game was lost, 2-1, on a 2-run error by Cubs right fielder Max Flack. Game 4 had been tied, 2-2, in the eighth inning, when Cubs pitcher Shufflin' Phil Douglas gave up a single, followed by a passed ball, followed by an errant throw on a bunt attempt that allowed the winning run to score.
    Obviously, there's no way to know now if the Cubs threw the Series that year, because anybody who did know for sure died long ago. Still, it's a very interesting story and one that I'd like to know more about. Think about it, that 1918 World Series was the last one Boston had won until 2004 came around, and the Cubs are still waiting for their shot to win a title.

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    The Cubs were picked off three times, including twice in the decisive Game 6. That game was lost, 2-1, on a 2-run error by Cubs right fielder Max Flack. Game 4 had been tied, 2-2, in the eighth inning, when Cubs pitcher Shufflin' Phil Douglas gave up a single, followed by a passed ball, followed by an errant throw on a bunt attempt that allowed the winning run to score.
    By that logic, they've also thrown 1919-2007.

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    • #3
      Steve Bartman - the ghost of Max Flack?

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      • #4
        That game was lost, 2-1, on a 2-run error by Cubs right fielder Max Flack. Game 4 had been tied, 2-2, in the eighth inning, when Cubs pitcher Shufflin' Phil Douglas gave up a single, followed by a passed ball, followed by an errant throw on a bunt attempt that allowed the winning run to score.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ty Shula View Post
          That one was actually not a bunt, but since it came off of Fuckface's bat I can see how you'd be confused.

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          • #6
            That game was lost, 2-1, on a 2-run error by Cubs right fielder Max Flack. Game 4 had been tied, 2-2, in the eighth inning, when Cubs pitcher Shufflin' Phil Douglas gave up a single, followed by a passed ball, followed by an errant throw on a bunt attempt that allowed the winning run to score.
            I remember LaTroy Hawkins having some adventures like that....nothing as high level as a WS of course, but backstop is absolutely right.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Ty Shula View Post
              I was gonna say... this all sounds mysteriously like the 2006 Tigers
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              • #8
                Originally posted by backstop View Post
                By that logic, they've also thrown 1919-2007.
                That was my first thought as well.

                Maybe gamblers have been affecting the Cubs for the last century.

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