Rare copies of Black Sox reports returned to library

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

"The case is closed," she said.