Chicago White Sox
1919 AL Champions
|In 1919 Cicotte won 29 games to lead the league in wins, winning percentage, and innings pitched, as well as in complete games. His 1919 salary was $6,000, but he had a provision for a $10,000 bonus if he won 30 games. As the season drew to a close, When owner Charles Comiskey ordered manager Kid Gleason to bench Cicotte at the end of the season to denying him a chance at the bonus money, it provided motivation for participating in the Black Sox scandal. He won one game in the 1919 World Series, but pitched poorly in the two games he lost. Cicotte was the first of the eight players to come forward and sign a confession and a waiver of immunity. He later recanted the confession and demanded a trial. Although he was found innocent by a Grand Jury, Commissioner Judge Landis banned him from baseball for life.