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Pat Anderson, niece who crusaded to lift ‘Black Sox’ ban on Buck Weaver, dies

By Maureen O’Donnell
Originally posted in the Chicago Sun-Times on April 16, 2019

Pat Anderson, who crusaded unsuccessfully to get her “Uncle Buck” Weaver of the Chicago White Sox reinstated by Major League Baseball, has died almost a century after the “Black Sox” bribery scandal tarnished his legacy.

“She was the last person living who lived with him, knew him well,” said David J. Fletcher, who heads the petition drive, which he launched with Mrs. Anderson and her cousin Marjorie Follett, who died in 2003.

“He was a surrogate father to her,” her daughter Debbie Ebert said of Weaver.

Mrs. Anderson, 92, died Sunday at Tablerock HealthCare Center in Kimberling City, Missouri, according to her family. She had renal failure, Fletcher said.

Mrs. Anderson pushed for years to clear her uncle’s name. She, Fletcher and baseball historians have argued his lifetime ban was too harsh.

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Pat Anderson – niece who led cause to clear Buck Weaver dead at age 92

Pat Anderson, one of the last living direct links to the banned Buck Weaver of the 1919 #BlackSox100 scandal, has died at  age 92.

Her family will continue the fight to #ClearBuck @WhiteSox 3rd baseman. She spoke @SABR 43 in 2013 about her cause.

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The SABR Black Sox Scandal Committee will host a panel discussion to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Eight Men Out,” which was written by Eliot Asinof and first published in 1963, at the SABR 43 Convention in August. We’ve learned a great deal about the Black Sox Scandal in the last half-century, and we’ll go over some of that new information and how it affects our understanding of the story popularized by Asinof’s landmark book, which introduced so many of us to the fixed 1919 World Series.

The panelists will include:

  • Dr. David Fletcher, founder and president of the Chicago Baseball Museum
  • Bill Lamb, a retired New Jersey prosecutor and author of “Black Sox in the Courtroom: The Grand Jury, Criminal Trial and Civil Litigation”
  • Moderator: Jacob Pomrenke, chair of the SABR Black Sox Scandal Committee
  • And our special guest of honor: Patricia Anderson, niece and surrogate daughter of Buck Weaver. She and her sister, the late Bette Scanlon, were raised by Buck and Helen Weaver in Chicago for 16 years after their father died in 1931.

The panel will be August 2 in Philadelphia, PA. Any baseball fan is welcome to attend by registering for SABR 43 at


While contemplating the qualities that make a great leader and specific leaders in general, several people began to come to mind. Many of the great leaders of all time were not necessarily “positive leaders.” Some were famous; others were infamous. Leaders come in all shapes in sizes: Some are loud and aggressive; others say very little and let their actions be their example. Although level of fame does not necessarily dictate the effectiveness of a leader, it does help in making them more universal—thus having the greatest impact on the masses. The lesser known leaders have to make their impact on a much smaller, but no less important scale. Some leaders we know through history’s recollections; others we may have known personally. George “Buck” Weaver is not a household word and may never get the credit he truly deserves, yet nonetheless exhibited some of the most important qualities of leadership.


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Niece, doctor try to clear name of ‘Black Sox’ Buck Weaver


CHICAGO (AP) – For years, George (Buck) Weaver tried to get reinstated to baseball following a scandal in which Chicago White Sox players agreed to throw the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.

Now, nearly 50 years after his death, Weaver’s niece is leading the effort to clear his name. “It’s time to be fair and give the man his due,” Patricia Anderson said about the man she considered her surrogate father. “I feel he got such a raw deal.” Weaver, who grew up in Pennsylvania, made his major league debut with the White Sox in 1912. He became one of the most popular players on the South Side, known for his smile and the dirty uniform that accompanied his energetic play.

In the 1919 World Series, he batted .324 with no errors at third base.

The gambling scandal wasn’t exposed until almost a year after the Series. Then in 1921, commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned eight White Sox players, including Weaver, from baseball although a jury acquitted them.

“No player who entertains proposals or promises to throw a game, no player who sits in conference with a bunch of crooked players and gamblers where the ways and means of throwing games are discussed and does not promptly tell the club about it will ever play professional baseball,” Landis said.

Anderson, her sister and cousin started pushing for Weaver’s reinstatement in the 1970s. The campaign got a renewed boost last year when a devoted baseball fan, David Fletcher, bankrolled an Internet site – – and the hiring of a public relations firm.

Supporters of the “Clear Buck” campaign – who include Eliot Asinof, author of Eight Men Out, a book about the scandal – say he was guilty only of hearing about the scheme and not speaking out.

“He kept his integrity and character and refused to rat on his teammates. He was true to his teammates – that’s what he was guilty of,” said Fletcher, an occupational medicine specialist and professor at the University of Illinois. “And he didn’t think they were going to go through with the plot.”

In addition to sending baseball commissioner Bud Selig 10,000 signatures on petitions calling for Weaver’s reinstatement, the “Clear Buck” campaign pitched its cause at the all-star game, Cubs and White Sox fan festivals, an event at the Hall of Fame and the winter baseball meetings in New Orleans.

Anderson, now a 77-year-old retiree living in Kimberling City, Mo., worries that the way Pete Rose has handled his efforts to get reinstated could hurt her uncle’s cause.

She believes Weaver’s case should be considered along with that of (Shoeless) Joe Jackson, who led all hitters in the 1919 World Series with a .375 average. Supporters say Jackson tried to return the money.

“They certainly didn’t do anything that would hurt baseball,” Anderson said.

Weaver and his wife took Anderson, her older sister and the girls’ mother into their Chicago home after their father died in 1931. Anderson was only four.

It was the Depression, and Weaver took whatever jobs he could to support the

“Years later, I thought he worked so hard to raise what he considered his family. And I don’t suppose we ever could have been grateful enough for what he did for us,” Anderson said.

Anderson said her uncle never talked to her about his banishment from baseball as a member of the infamous Black Sox. He taught her and her sister how to catch and throw, and he gave baseball tips to neighbourhood boys.

After he died in 1956 at age 65, Anderson heard from Weaver’s widow, her aunt, how much he had missed the game.

According to Fletcher, Weaver continually pushed for reinstatement – as soon as one year after he was banned and as late as 1953. He wanted to manage a team or serve as a scout, but Landis and his successor as commissioner, Albert “Happy” Chandler, turned him down.

“Landis wanted me to tell him something that I didn’t know,” Weaver said in a 1954 interview with author James T. Farrell. “I didn’t have any evidence.”

Whether the “Clear Buck” campaign has any hope of getting Weaver reinstated isn’t clear. He isn’t eligible for the Hall of Fame because he only played nine seasons – one short of the requirement.

“He never gave up the fight, which is why it’s good that other people have taken up the fight for him,” said Gabriel Schechter, a research associate in the library of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. “It would just be speculation on whether anything will happen with it.”

Selig did not answer repeated requests for comment by The Associated Press for this story. But last month, he sent Fletcher a letter.

“As you know this is a very sensitive matter that none of my predecessors have seen fit to overturn,” Selig wrote, “but certainly at the very least we ought to thoroughly review it, and that’s what we are doing.”

Jerome Holtzman, the official historian for Major League Baseball, said of the more than a dozen players who have been banned from baseball, he considers Weaver the only one who “has a chance to be reinstated, or at least should be considered for reinstatement.”

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Pete Rose: now he’s a liar and a gambler

By: Barry Benintende

About the writer: “Barry Benintende is editor of the South County Mail, located in Rogersville, Mo. He is a lifelong San Diego Padres fan and will not rest until the good names of Buck Weaver and Joe Jackson are cleared.”

Pete Rose finally came clean. Or did he? On Thursday night, baseball’s all-time hits leader finally owned up to betting on baseball, after only a shade under a decade and a half. Nice.

Rose’s half-hearted admission has his fans sobbing, then screaming “let him in the Hall of Fame.” I think not.

Rose was banned for betting on baseball. The fact that he’s admitted it does not make it better. The fact that he was banned for life did not go away.

The fact that he lied, and made John Dowd’s life miserable all these years has not changed.

Dowd was the unfortunate man that compiled evidence on Rose’s gambling and issued a report. All that Dowd got for doing his job was years of slander from Rose and death threats from his fans.

John Dowd, if there is nobody else willing to say it, baseball owes you more than Rose’s feeble apology. You are an honorable man. Rose is not.

Rose broke baseball’s cardinal rule, and has to pay for that. Plain and simple, the rules need to apply to Rose like they would apply to a guy who hit .200 for a last place team.

Many of Rose’s fans say he has paid his debt to the sport he so loves. They say everyone is a fan of the way he played the game.

Wrong on both counts.


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Pete Rose: Yes or No?

Chicago Tribune
By: Paul Sullivan
Paul Sullivan covers the Cubs

When Major League Baseball began investigating allegations that Pete Rose was gambling on baseball, a bookie named Ron Peters testified he’d stopped taking Rose’s bets three years earlier because the all-time hits king refused to pay him $34,000 he was owed.

Not only was Rose a liar and a tax cheat, it appeared that he also was the kind of lowlife who would stiff a bet.
But with a new book to sell and a deadline to get on the Hall of Fame ballot, Rose finally has admitted he lied all alongwhen he said he never broke baseball’s cardinal rule.

Now he’s supposed to get his proverbial second chance, be absolved of all his sins and earn reinstatement in time for the Baseball Writers Association of America to finally vote him into Cooperstown.

“You can’t keep a guy from making a living,” Rose told the Associated Press in 1999. “It’s not the American way.”


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Jackson, Weaver backers buoyed: Hopeful ban may be lifted for pair of 1919 Black Sox

Chicago Tribune
By Michael Hirsley

Now that the truth about Pete Rose’s betting on baseball is coming out, does a Rose by any other name smell as sweet?

If Rose gets past his past, can “Shoeless” Joe Jackson have his ban from baseball lifted posthumously?

Author Eliot Asinof says Rose’s high-profile case has eased the climate on bans and that Rose, Jackson and Buck Weaver, Jackson’s 1919 White Sox teammate, “should all definitely be reinstated into baseball.”

Asinof’s book “Eight Men Out” chronicles the Black Sox Scandal in which Jackson and seven teammates allegedly conspired to fix the 1919 World Series they lost.

Ray Allen, co-founder of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Historical Society, is encouraged by the prospect of Rose applying for reinstatement and initiating “a process with Major League Baseball that will at least create guidelines and a forum for us.”

The society has been seeking to have Jackson’s case revisited for more than two decades.

Chicago attorney Louis Hegeman, who drafted a petition to Commissioner Bud Selig on behalf of Jackson’s advocates, is less optimistic about a trickle-down from Rose’s case to Jackson’s.

“If baseball does anything for Pete Rose, it will be out of a calculated weighing of what they think the public reaction will be,” Hegeman said.

Jackson died in 1951 without complaining publicly about his punishment.


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Marge Follett, ‘Black Sox’ niece, dies at 89

By M.K. Guetersloh
Pontiac bureau chief – An article from The Pantagraph – Bloomington-Normal, Illinois

PONTIAC — Marjorie Follett has died, but her life’s work trying to clear her uncle of the 1919 Chicago “Black Sox” scandal will go on, according to fellow supporters of the cause.
Follett, 89, of Pontiac died early Thursday morning at OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center.

“The torch has been passed. We are saddened by her death, but the campaign continues,” Dr. David Fletcher of Champaign said. Fletcher had been working with her on trying to clear George “Buck” Weaver, who was banned from baseball after the “Black Sox” scandal.

Earlier this summer, Follett and her cousin Pat Anderson attended the All-Star Game at U.S Cellular Field in Chicago, or the new Comisky Park, to lobby for their uncle.

She was optimistic that her 30-year effort to reverse the ban would pay off because Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig was looking into reinstating former Cincinnati Reds Manager Pete Rose.

Selig appointed Chicago sports historian Jerome Holtzman to investigate the Weaver case a few years ago, but no decision has been made.

Fletcher said Follett was instrumental in helping launch the campaign during the 2003 All-Star Game in Chicago.


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Majorie H. Follet Obituary

From The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Illinois

PONTIAC — Marjorie H. Follett, 89, of Pontiac died at 1:25 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 2, 2003) at OSF Saint James-John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Saturday in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Pontiac, with Msgr. Thomas Mack officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Pontiac.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Harris-Martin-Burke Funeral Home, 413 N. Main St., Pontiac. The family suggests that memorials be made to OSF Saint James’ Auxiliary Scholarship Fund, the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry or St. Mary’s School Endowment Fund.

Marge was born March 2, 1914, in Pontiac, the daughter of James H. and Anne S. (Quinn) Cook. She graduated from St. Mary’s Grade School in 1929 and was a 1933 graduate of Pontiac Township High School. Later she attended Illinois State Normal University, where she took courses in interior design.

On June 15, 1935, she married Marshall G. Follett in St. Mary’s Rectory at Pontiac. He survives.


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Buck Weaver: Wrong Man Out

Baseball Digest (March 2001 issue) 
By: Greg Couch

Expulsion and alleged participation of baseball player in fixing of 1919 World Series Third baseman never threw any game in 1919 Series or accepted money from gamblers–his only mistake was knowing about the fix and not informing authorities about the scandal.

The thing to know is that he never took one penny. He never agreed to the plot. He never did anything but play his best through the World Series.

And while other White Sox players did take gamblers’ money to fix the 1919 Series, he, as one sports historian so delicately put it, “got screwed.”

Strom Thurmond and the U.S. House and Senate and Hollywood, and baseball legends have been demanding that major league baseball lift the lifetime ban on Shoeless Joe Jackson and clear his name.

Baseball is looking into it, and, it isn’t looking good for Jackson. Here is the reason the uproar isn’t working:

It is in support of the wrong player.

If any of the eight banned Sox players should be cleared, according to several sports historians, it is Buck Weaver.


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