It’s rare when the losing team in a championship series is remembered more than the winners. Such was the fate of the 1919 Cincinnati Reds, victorious over the infamous 1919 Chicago “Black Sox” in a nine-game series tainted by the scandal that resulted in the lifetime ban of Shoeless Joe Jackson, Buck Weaver and six others. Now, though, perhaps the most important of all surviving relics from the Reds’ victory has emerged to help tell the story of a great team overshadowed by an unfortunate moment in history.
A 1919 World Series championship pin, the forerunner of the World Series ring, has been consigned to Robert Edward Auctions and will be offered in the company’s upcoming spring 2011 auction. It is one of just two known surviving examples and was consigned to REA directly by the family of Jake Daubert, the star Cincinnati first baseman.
The pin was the official award given to players on the 1919 Reds following their five games to three victory over the White Sox in the World Series, and in 1919 was the ultimate symbol of triumph in what history would soon remember as baseball’s most controversial World Series. This award declared recipients as honored members of the World’s Champions. Jake Daubert’s formal name, “Jacob E. Daubert”, is engraved on the back.
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