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CBM Letter to
Baseball Commissioner
Robert D. Manfred Jr.

Posted March 30, 2015

Chicago Baseball Museum founder Dr. David Fletcher sent this letter to the new Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred Jr. asking for the pardon of George "Buck" Weaver, writing, "Buck Weaver was wrongly banned from baseball and deserves to have his reputation and honor to his family name restored."

Pete Rose meets other banned third baseman Buck Weaver’s family (Sandy Schely (daughter of Pat Anderson) and Kristi Berg (Grand-daughter of Pat Anderson) October 2013.

Pete Rose meets other banned third baseman Buck Weaver’s family (Sandy Schely (daughter of Pat Anderson) and Kristi Berg (Grand-daughter of Pat Anderson) October 2013.

Dear Commissioner Manfred:

Congratulations on becoming the 10th Commissioner in MLB history!

I know you have a lot of pressing issues as you begin your term of office but I represent the family of George "Buck" Weaver, who played flawless baseball during the 1919 World Series. He batted .324 and committed no errors on the field.

As the representative for the Weaver family, we are formally applying for Buck’s reinstatement into Baseball.



Baseball Commissioner Manfred Declines to Reopen Buck Weaver Case

Baseball Commissioner Manfred at FanFest 2014. Photo credit Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ.

Baseball Commissioner Manfred at FanFest 2014. Photo credit Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ.

By Dr. David Fletcher, President, Chicago Baseball Museum
Posted Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

This week I received a detailed three-page letter from Commissioner Manfred forever closing the door on Buck Weaver (and probably Pete Rose.) There is no dispute that Buck attended two meetings where the throwing of the World Series was discussed. He rejected being part of the scheme, as evidenced by his performance in 1919 World Series and the fact that no one has ever said he took any money as part of the scheme, unlike Jackson. He had no one to tell since all the powers that be (Comiskey, Manager Gleason, Ban Johnson, etc.) all knew about the plot yet failed to stop the 1919 World Series.

Hall-of-Famer Sox catcher Ray Schalk always referred to the seven men out making a point that Weaver was not involved. Charles Comiskey did the same until his death in 1931.

I do appreciate that Commissioner Manfred's letter was a thoughtful letter that provided a longer explanation than past letters. However, it ignores the Holtzman investigation ordered by Commissioner Selig that recommended exoneration of Weaver.

Two major points emerge:

1. Compare Buck to the present Pete Rose situation. How could Manfred even consider reinstatement for Rose based on the tone of this letter? At least Manfred met with Rose briefly at the All-Star game. He should fly to Missouri and at least tell Pat Anderson in person his decision. The past four Commissioners have avoided a personal meeting with the last living link to the Black Sox and Judge Landis.

2. Compare Buck’s situation to the threat that performance-enhancing steroids had on the game of baseball, but no player came forward until Jose Canseco ratted on his fellow players who cheated.

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