Lost in the shuffle of the Black Sox Scandal and his being one of the notorious Eight Men Out is the fact that Hap Felsch was once a superstar. Indeed, during his banner campaign of 1917, "Happy" was the toast of the town, batting over .300, leading the league in put-outs, and becoming the first-ever Pale Hose player to crest 100 RBIs. His World Series heroics that year—both offensive and defensive, including the only White Sox HR of the Fall Classic—cemented Felsch as one of the game's premier outfielders. But by the time of this 5-1/2 x 7" photo, taken just after the Sox clinched the 1919 pennant, Hap was on the cusp of throwing it all away. And an intriguing early-1920s handwritten editorial notation on the reverse acknowledges his banishment: "Happy Felsch / formerly Chi. Am. B.B.P." EX condition. More on our website.
Along with Underwood & Underwood's stamping, the reverse-side paper caption reads, "PLAYERS FOR WHITE SOX NOW LEAGUE CHAMPIONS. PHOTO OF--Felsch guards centerfield for the Chicago...9/17/19." Incidentally, the Pale Hose won both games of a doubleheader against the Yankees on that date as Felsch collected 5 hits with a double and stolen base.