Claude "Lefty" Williams was an integral piece to the 1919 White Sox puzzle, finishing the season with a stellar 23-11 record while helping the team win its second American League pennant in three seasons. Unfortunately, shortly before the 1919 World Series began, Williams was approached by Chick Gandil, a ringleader of the conspiracy to purposefully throw the 1919 Series, and was convinced to join the plot. Gandil offered Williams $10,000 in compensation, and he lost all three of his starts in the Series. Williams only received $5,000 for his efforts. Following the grand jury investigation and subsequent trial in 1921, the promising southpaw was banished for life at age 27.
For obvious reasons, his "rookie" card - his 1915 Zeenut - is his most desirable. Quite scarce in any grade, this example has been graded PR 1 by SGC, with considerable wear, paper loss, and paper remnants throughout. Despite the condition flaws, the card is an important one, as are all Zeenut cards of participants in the 1919 World Series scandal.