Found February 05, 2013 on Redlegs Review:
Some Reds fans may think of Pete Rose as being the first Reds player who experienced money and gambling troubles, but it seems as though the first traces of such date way back before even Rose came around in the organization. Here are some excerpts taken from Redleg Journal: February 5, 1919 - Former Reds first basemen Hal Chase is cleared of the charge of throwing games in collusion with gamblers during the 1918 season. The charge was brought against him by Garry Herrmann and Christy Mathewson. Chase was declared "not guilty" by National League President John Heydler, who studied evidence brought before him at a hearing held in New York City on January 30 in which testimony was heard from Chase, several Reds players and Herrmann. Mathewson couldn't offer any confirmation of Chase's alleged activities because he was still in France. Heydler contended that Chase's indifferent play the previous season was due to carelessness, and not the result of his be...
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