With the components in place for a dynasty, the 1916 Chicago White Sox rallied from a sluggish start to a torrid 33-14 run that had the club perched atop the standings, albeit briefly. What ensued was a title the following year and an A.L. flag in 1919 before a gambling “fix” tarnished the game and franchise. This vintage panoramic team photo portrays that 1916 installment. Taken before the August 9, 1916 contest against the Red Sox, the 26-15/16 x 8-15/16” sepia-toned print was distributed in limited quantities to attendees from the 14th annual convention of the National Rural Letter Carriers Association (who are assembled on the field behind the players). Pictured are Shoeless Joe Jackson (far left), Hall of Famers Collins and Schalk, as well as 1919 conspirators Cicotte, Felsch, McMullin, Weaver and Williams.
Ideal for framed display, the vintage print presents nicely and is affected by two left side creases, as well as areas of age-induced foxing and discoloration (which actually adds to the overall aesthetic appeal). The club, incidentally, lost to the Red Sox, 3-1 in 12 innings that day. With the loss, the hosts fell into second place (one-half game behind the BoSox) and were never to regain the top spot. Joe Jackson went 0-for-5 that day, lowering his batting average to .341, which is where it stood at seasons’ end.