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The 1919 Black Sox scandal goes down as one of the lowest moments in baseball history, as eight players were banned from baseball for life when it was discovered that they fixed the World Series.
Those players were banned following the 1920 season, and while their place in history is a gray area due to their cheating, for the sake of what we're talking about here, there are some players whose careers ended on top as a result of their ban.
SP Lefty Williams
Despite an ERA of 3.91 (96 ERA+) that was actually below the league average, Williams still managed a 22-14 record in his final season before being banned. He was 27 at the time, and had gone a combined 45-25 with a 3.28 ERA (106 ERA+) over the previous two seasons, so it's safe to assume he had at least a few more plus seasons in him.
OF Happy Felsch
Though he hit just .275 with a .764 OPS during the team's World Series run in 1919, Felsch was a star in 1920 as he hit .338 with 69 extra-base hits and 115 RBI. It may have been a case of the 28-year-old enjoying a career year, or it may have been the start of a breakout.
SP Eddie Cicotte
One of the team's top starters, Cicotte played a full career before being banned, as he was 36 when the ban came down and already had 14 big league seasons under his belt. Even at that advanced age, he went 21-10 with a 3.26 ERA (115 ERA+) in his final season prior to the ban.
OF "Shoeless" Joe Jackson
Undoubtedly the most well-known of the eight players who were banned, Jackson was just 32 years old when his career abruptly came to an end. He hit .382 with 12 home runs, 121 RBI and a league-high 20 triples and would have been a sure-fire Hall of Famer if he had finished his career in standard fashion.