1919 White Sox Dave Danforth Ban Johnson Charles Comiskey Signed Major League Contract PSA/DNA

The 1919 Chicago White Sox season was their 19th season in the American League. They won 88 games to advance to the World Series but lost to the Cincinnati Reds. More significantly, some of the players were found to have taken money from gamblers in return for throwing the series. The "Black Sox Scandal" had permanent ramifications for baseball, including the establishment of the office of Commissioner of Baseball.  Movies and books have been written about this dark chapter in baseball history.

Like the notorious "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, pitcher Dave Danforth got his start with the Philadelphia Athletics before making his way to the Windy City. He would play Major League Baseball for 10 seasons (1911-12, 1916-1919, 1922-25).  In addition to being a member of this notorious team, he also played on the 1917 World Series Championship White Sox team.  After he retired from baseball he became a dentist.

This 1919 contract represents Danforth's fourth and final season under the command of Hall of Fame owner Charles Comiskey, and each signals his consent to a $500/month salary with bold fountain pen signatures at the end of the document. A second Hall of Fame signature, that of American League president Ban Johnson, appears on the cover. Danforth would conclude his term of White Sox service with a 24-28 record and a 3.50 ERA.

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1919 White Sox Dave Danforth Ban Johnson Charles Comiskey Signed Major League Contract PSA/DNA