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Chick Gandil
Given Name: Charles Arnold

1B 1910, 12-19 White Sox, Senators, Indians

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At age 17, Gandil ran away from home to play ball in the rough-and-tumble towns along the Arizona-Mexico border. He supplemented his income by boxing in the local heavyweight division, picking up $150 a fight. He joined the White Sox in 1910, lasted part of a year, and was sold to Washington, where he remained until 1916. Gandil made the acquaintance of Sport Sullivan, a sports gambler and bookie. Sullivan had rich and powerful friends, and his friendships with ballplayers like Gandil were crucial to a World Series fixing scheme he planned to pull off.

Gandil rejoined the White Sox in 1917 as their regular first baseman, but he was a malcontent, and was later considered to be the ringleader of the 1919 WS fix. His contacts with Sullivan, Abe Attell, and Billy Maharg paved the way for the 1920 scandal. In that 1919 Series, Gandil batted a paltry .233 but committed only one error. Gandil refused to play for Charlie Comiskey in 1920, due to a salary dispute with the penurious owner. In 1921 he was banned from baseball by Commissioner Landis. (RL)

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» May 30, 1912: The Washington Nationals buy 1B Chick Gandil for $12,000 and two players from Montreal of the International League. He is immediately inserted in the lineup and Washington begins a 17-game winning streak—16 on the road—that will be stopped on June 19th.

» May 14, 1914: The White Sox's Jim Scott pitches a no-hitter for nine innings, then loses to Washington 1–0 in the 10th. The first hit is by Chick Gandil, who scores on Howard Shanks' single. It is the first of a record three no-hitters that White Sox rookie C Ray Schalk will catch in his 17 years with the team.

» August 22, 1915: In the 2nd inning of Game One of a doubleheader versus Detroit, the crowd sees the Senators score a run with no times at bat., the only time its ever happened. Chick Gandil and Merito Acosta walk; Buff Williams sacrifices, and George McBride hits a sacrifice fly, scoring Gandil, and the Tigers catch Acosta off 2B when OF Bobby Veach throws to Ossie Vitt. Washington's Walter Johnson goes on to win, 8–1, and snap the Tigers' 9-game win streak.

» February 15, 1916: With the emergence of Joe Judge at 1B, the Senators sell Chick Gandil to Cleveland for $7,500.

» February 25, 1917: The White Sox purchase Chick Gandil from Cleveland for $3,500.

» April 14, 1917: In St. Louis, Chicago's Eddie Cicotte pitches a no-hitter over the Browns, winning easily, 11–0. Cicotte faces just 30 batters, with the only near-hit a line drive by Jimmy Austin that Chick Gandil fumbles. "And not without cause, for Jimmy's drive had whiskers like a German who was trapped for ten days on Vimy Ridge." (says the Chicago Tribune). Cicotte's 28 wins and 1.53 ERA will top the AL.

» June 1, 1918: Losing 5-4 against the Yankees, the Tigers load the bases in the ninth with no outs. Chick Gandil lines a shot to 3B Frank Baker, who turns it into a game-ending triple play.

» October 1, 1919: Just before the start of the WS, the highly favored White Sox became the betting underdogs. A year later the White Sox will become the Black Sox, and 8 of them--pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Lefty Williams, outfielders Joe Jackson and Happy Felsch, 1B Chick Gandil, SS Swede Risberg, 3B Buck Weaver, and utility infielder Fred McMullin--will be barred from baseball for taking part in throwing the Series. It will take that long for the story to unfold, as most observers at the time see nothing amiss when the Series opens in Cincinnati.

» October 2, 1919: Charles Comiskey tells NL president Heydler that Sox manager Kid Gleason is suspicious of his players. Heydler confers with Ban Johnson, who takes no action, fearing it will look like revenge against Comiskey, with whom he has been feuding. As the games unfold, reporters Ring Lardner and Christy Mathewson do not like what they see. Chicago reporter Hugh Fullerton will raise questions during the winter. Comiskey will offer a reward for information, but the 1920 season will open with the same lineup for Chicago, minus Chick Gandil, who will be in the PCL.

» September 28, 1920: The Illinois grand jury indicts the eight Chicago players in the 1919 World Series scandal, and Charles Comiskey immediately suspends the seven players (Chick Gandil had retired before the season). Yankees owners Jacob Ruppert and Cap Huston send a telegram to Chicago owner Charles Comiskey offering to place their entire team at his disposal, following the suspension of eight players in the scandal. Comiskey says he cannot accept the proposal.