Photograph of baseball player Buck Weaver of the Chicago White Sox baseball team. Photo dates to 1920.
About the PlayerSource: Wikipedia.org
George Daniel "Buck" Weaver (August 18, 1890 - January 31, 1956) was an American shortstop and third baseman in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Chicago White Sox. He was one of the eight players banned from the Major Leagues for his connection to the 1919 Black Sox Scandal.
An excellent fielder, Weaver was known as the only third baseman in the league that Ty Cobb would not bunt against.
Weaver batted .324 in the 1919 World Series, tallying 11 hits. He played errorless ball in the Series, lending credence to his lifelong claim that he had nothing to do with the fix.
Weaver was banned for having knowledge of the fix and failing to tell team officials. This is somewhat cynical since Charles Comiskey, owner of the Chicago White Sox, had learned of the fix before the World Series began from both Kid Gleason, manager of the White Sox, and Hugh Fullerton, a reporter.
Weaver successfully sued Charles Comiskey for his 1921 salary. When Shoeless Joe Jackson did the same, the jury voted 11-1 in favor of Jackson. However, the judge set aside the jury verdict after Comiskey produced Jackson's grand jury testimony about the fix. The grand jury testimonies of both Joe Jackson and Eddie Cicotte had been stolen from the office of the Cook County States Attorney so they would not be available for the Black Sox trial. Since Comiskey had these testimonies, an obvious inference is that if the grand jury testimonies implicated Weaver, Comiskey would have used them against Weaver.
Weaver applied six times for reinstatement to baseball before his death from a heart attack on January 31, 1956 at age 65. Weaver was the third of the eight suspended "Black Sox" (after Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1951 and Fred McMullin in 1952) to die.
Many parts of the story portrayed in the movie Eight Men Out are told from Buck Weaver's point of view, with Weaver being played by John Cusack.