Photo of pitchers Lefty Williams (left side) and Ed Cicotte, two players who were banned from baseball for life for throwing the 1919 World Series.
A 26 year old All-Star pitcher 'Lefty' Williams won 23 games in 1919 and was part of the tough pitching core of the White Sox owner Chuck Comiskey. With his great control Claude Lefty Williams could pinpoint the exact place he wanted to pitch the ball to.
In the 1919 World Series vs. the Cincinnati Reds in game 2 Lefty walked three batters in one inning as the Reds beat the White Sox 4-2. In the last game of the Series, Lefty Williams got pounded for a 10-5 loss as the Reds became World Champions. Rumors began flying that White Sox players threw the World Series. Investigations and grand jury followed. Williams confessed that he threw the World Series. Claude Williams was banned from MLB forever. baseballhistorian.com