Rare Baseball Volumes Stolen from UI Library

Sometimes you don’t know what you have till it’s gone.

The Daily Illini reported that four volumes of Collyer’s Eye and The Baseball World from 1920-21 and 1924-26 were stolen from the University of the Illinois library system.  The library officials admit that they were probably taken sometime during the summer.  Also, they had no idea of the volumes’ value until after they noticed they were missing. 

“We’ve always had them,” (associate University librarian for collections Karen) Schmidt said. “We just didn’t realize how rare they were.”

Schmidt said volumes 6-7 were especially significant because they covered the (Black Sox) scandal itself and the grand jury investigation of the eight White Sox players indicted for throwing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.

University police are investigating the matter. 

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