Rare copies of Black Sox reports returned to library

Updated: December 7, 2005, 4:27 PM ET
Associated Press

URBANA, Ill. -- Two rare copies of a sports newspaper, including issues dealing with the 1919 Chicago White Sox gambling scandal, have been returned to the University of Illinois library.

The copies of Collyer's Eye -- which was credited with exposing the scandal -- were found on a table in the Urbana-Champaign campus' library about 9 p.m. Tuesday, said Karen Schmidt, the associate university librarian for collections.

Librarians discovered the issues were missing earlier this fall, around the time the White Sox won their first World Series in 88 years, but the library did not publicly report the disappearance until this week.

"Getting the news out about the missing volumes was extremely important," Schmidt said in a statement. "We don't know what happened to the books -- who had them, where they had been -- but we are very, very happy about their return."

The person who placed the books on the table was not found and UI assistant police chief Krystal Fitzpatrick said the books would not be processed for fingerprints because of their delicate condition.

"The case is closed," she said.

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