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Papers may contain new Black Sox data

CHICAGO, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- Historians are curious whether recently discovered archival materials might shed new light about the disgraced 1919 Chicago White Sox team.

The sudden reappearance of the papers and legal documents, which are set to be auctioned off this week, has historians postulating they may reveal new information about whether players on the team conspired to lose the 1919 World Series, the Chicago Tribune said Sunday.

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"We don't know what's out there. We don't know what's missing, what's lying around," Baseball Hall of Fame Library Director Jim Gates said.

The 1919 Chicago team came to be known as the Black Sox for allegedly throwing that season's World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.

The archive reportedly contains papers from the ensuing 1921 criminal trial and a 1924 lawsuit that both targeted key players in the alleged conspiracy.

The identity of the archive's owners and where it was found have not been disclosed.

Mastro Auctions has agreed to provide photocopies of the papers to the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Chicago White Sox have expressed interest in the archive, the Tribune said.

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