Poor Buck never actually participated in the 1919 World Series fix, instead contributing a stellar .324 average with 11 hits, 4 runs and no errors. But Commissioner Landis made an example of him anyway, stating, "...no player who sits in conference with a bunch of crooked players and gamblers...and does not promptly tell his club about it will ever play professional baseball." This 6-1/4 x 9" photo is date-stamped "SEP 1 1916"—a time when Weaver was transitioning from short to third and, sadly, just about to file bankruptcy for a failed business venture. Subtle image fading at top and routine minor peripheral wear from newsroom handling. More on our website.
An L.A. Times article from exactly two weeks later reported, "George D. (Buck) Weaver, third baseman of the Chicago American League baseball team, filed a petition in bankruptcy today in the Federal Court, seeking relief from creditors of a billiard ball enterprise, which he started two years ago on the South Side and which recently closed. His liabilities were listed as $1,002.86 and his assets as nothing.”