Responsible for six of the American League’s eight pennants between 1912 and 1919, the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox soon fell on hard times for separate and well-documented reasons. The show, as they say, must go on. So while both clubs labored far behind the front-running Yankees in 1921, this program was issued at Fenway Park during the September 16-19 four-game series between the BoSox and, as had recently been made public, “Black Sox.” The eight-page publication features local advertisements, scoring instructions and a Red Sox home schedule. The center pages feature unmarked scoring grids with pre-printed lineups listing Hall of Famers Eddie Collins, Red Faber, Herb Pennock and Ray Schalk. The covers and pages remain complete and, while minimally affected by compacting folds common to stadium-issued publications of this era, the unmarked scoring grids are an unusual find. The series was rendered meaningless strictly because of the standings. But the historical significance of the combatants’ simultaneous struggles is monumental! For the White Sox, a trial (and acquittals) regarding the disgrace of throwing the 1919 World Series had just been completed. And though no legal action was taken against the players, Commissioner Landis announced on August 3 that all eight involved would never play professional baseball again. The White Sox finished in the second division for the next 15 years. For Boston, the infamous 1919 sale of Babe Ruth spawned 14 consecutive losing seasons. Red Sox owner and culprit Harry Frazee is listed boldly on the front cover of this program!
Note: the Red Sox hosted the White Sox three times in 1921, but the offered program is narrowed to the September series by the listings of Sam Dodge and Elmer Leifer. Dodge did not debut until September 24, 1921. Leifer, meanwhile, spent the bulk of the 1921 season (85 games) with the Class B Moose Jaw Millers of the Western Canada League and did not debut until September 7, 1921.