Full Name: Edward Victor Cicotte
Edward Victor Cicotte (pronounced See-Cot)* was born on June 19, 1884 in Detroit, Michigan. Many people are surprised to find out that he was a teammate of Ty Cobb's in 1905 while with the Augusta Tourists. The Tigers purchased the contracts of Cobb and Cicotte and called them up to the big club. He pitched in three games for Detroit that year, won 1 game, lost one game, and had a 3.50 ERA. It would be another three-years before Cicotte would return to the majors.
When the knuckleballer returned to the majors, he was a member of the Boston Red Sox. He spent 4+ years with the Red Sox and racked up a 51-46 record. In 1912, the Chicago White Sox purchased Eddie's contract and promptly inserted him at the top of their rotation. Over the next nine years, Cicotte fought-off chronic back problems to add 157 wins against just 103 losses to his career totals.
In 1917, he helped lead the White Sox to the World Series Championship; it was the last World Series the franchise would win for 88-years. When the team made it back to the series in 1919, no one knew the ramifications that series would have on baseball history. It is and was one of the most famous scandals in sports history. The Sox were heavily favored over the Reds, but lost the series because several members of the White Sox conspired to throw games. Cicotte was one of those players. It was Cicotte who sent the confirmation message to the gamblers when he hit the reds leadoff batter in game 1 of the series. His career ended the next year after Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis, MLB's first Commissioner, kicked him out of baseball.
* - The pronounciation of Cicotte's name is a hotly debated topic. Direct conversations with family members have confirmed Eddie Cicotte pronounced his last name See-Cot. The italian pronounciation, while gramatically correct, was not used by Cicotte or the family when refering to Eddie. It was, however, used by other family members during various times in their lives.