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The Story

The Year 1919

The Ballplayers

Then and Now

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"He was a quiet, steady, almost scholarly type on the mound. His style was careful, almost delicate. His concentration was perfect."

-Eloit Asinof   
Author of EIGHT MEN OUT   

919 was an outstanding season for pitcher Lefty Williams. He led the American League in starts with 40, threw a total of 27 complete games, struck out 125, and also tossed 5 shoutouts. That same year, Lefty won a career high 23 games and had a career low 2.64 ERA. Lefty Williams regular season salary was $2,600, lowest among the eight Black Sox players.

Shortly before the start of the 1919 World Series, Chick Gandil approached Lefty Williams and offered him


$10,000 to help throw the Series. Lefty initially stated he was not interested, but changed his mind when Gandil told him that the fix was going forward, with or without him. Lefty then agreed to the deal.

For his part in the fix, Lefty would receive $5,000, nearly doubling his regular season salary. In the Series, Lefty pitched 16 innings, gave up 12 earned runs, had a 6.61 ERA and set a World Series record with 3 losses.

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