When you can’t get it all, something still beats the heck out of nothing. In this case the something is pretty big, if you’re a serious collector working on a run of World Series programs. Offered is a coverless 1917 World Series program. This representative program takes you back in time a century ago, when the dynastic New York Giants met the Chicago White Sox in the ‘17 Series. A budding dynasty in their own right, the Sox were doomed to implode a few years later, after the Black Sox Scandal of 1919. The mighty but often frustrated Giants captured ten NL Pennants over the period 1904-1924, but won only three championships. 1917 Was not one of them, as workhorse hurler Red Faber proved too much for the New Yorkers, picking up three of the four victories the Chi-Guys needed to triumph.
This historically noteworthy Series featured a host of famous stars, including Joe Jackson, Eddie Cicotte, Ray Schalk, Eddie Collins, John McGraw, Jim Thorpe, Bill Klem and the balance of the “Eight Men Out”. The most famous moment came in the Game 6, with Eddie Collins caught in a rundown between third and home. Heinie Zimmerman was forced to chase him toward home, where the Giants pitcher and first baseman both failed to cover the plate. Though deemed innocent of throwing the game in this incident after just missing the tag, Zimmerman was later banned from baseball by Judge Landis for a laundry list of corruption charges.
All this and more is recalled with this New York version program, which though absent the cover, still is loaded with fascinating features. Joe Jackson is seen in the front row of the White Sox team picture, all of the eight “Black Sox” are seen in the photo and also listed in the Sox scorecard lineup, Jim Thorpe is listed as a right fielder in the Giants scorecard lineup and McGraw is prominently pictured at center of the Giants photo page, with Zimmerman just to his left. McGraw and Charles Comiskey are also seen in throwback photos of their 19th Century playing days and host of advertising brings up big name brands, such as Coca-Cola, Bull Durham, Fatima, Luck Strike, Spalding, D&M, Phillip Morris, White Rock and WWI.
The pages of this program are generally clean, bright and supple, with sharp photography and distinct text, however the first page is mostly split along the spine and several pieces of tape appear along the perimeter, the centerfold is detached but present and the scoring grids are unmarked. All in all this is a decent example of a tough to find program from long ago, that is chocked full of history.