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CLAUDE WILLIAMS: "Basically better than Cicotte, he won games the conventional way, good curve and fast ball, excellent control. He was quiet, intelligent and seldom joked."
FRED McMULLiN: "Handsome and popular, Fred was only a utility infielder, but he had an excellent baseball head. He scouted the Reds before the Series on orders from Gleason."
OSCAR FELSCH: "A tall and husky player and always in good spirits, he was called 'Happy' by the players. With the great Tris Speaker, he was the best defensive outfielder of the day."
JOE JACKSON: "A natural and one of baseball's greatest hitters; fame never spoiled him. He had no education but a surprisingly good head, all despite reports to the contrary."
CHICK GANDIL: "By thetimeof the 1919 Series you could say I had been around. Although past my peak, I still hit .290 and had the best first-base fielding record in the league."
CONCESSIONS, DENIALS, OBSCURITY
In the flush of sudden infamy, several players loomed as star witnesses. Cicotte, Jackson and Williams ruefully signed confessions (Felsch made one to newspapermen), admitting their part in the plot to throw the Series. But before the confessions were ever presented in court, there was a change in the Illinois state's attorney's offices and shortly thereafter all the papers in the Black Sox case mysteriously disappeared. In the absence of any evidence and despite a previous indictment handed down by a Chicago grand jury, the case was dropped. All four men later repudiated their confessions, Shoeless Joe Jackson maintaining stoutly to his death in 1951 that he was innocent and that he batted .375 in the Series. Perhaps the most tragic figure of all was Buck Weaver, who protested his innocence of any wrong-doing from the very start. Before he died in February of this year, several attempts were made by admirers to clear his name, but it was generally admitted that if Weaver did not take an active part in the scandal, he had known about it and had done nothing to prevent it. Of the others, McMullin denied complicity in a clubhouse scene before the story broke, but quietly vanished soon after the acquittal. Risberg played more ball in an "outlaw" league in Montana and later tried his hand at softball and as a fruit picker in California. He apparently never told his story.