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              Officials who witnessed the Winston-Salem-Reidsville game May 14 said a man in the
stands was making heavy bets that Winston-Salem would win by more than two runs.
While Winston-Salem was leading by a score of 2-0 in the last half of the eighth inning,
they reported, DeForge took out Pitcher Ted Abnernathy and went to the mound himself.
Game records show DeForge walked four consecutive batters and Winston-Salem
scored three runs to win 5-0.
Reidsville officials said they identified the gambler, but Trautman ruled the National
Association had no jurisdiction over persons "not directly associated with professional
The Reidsville Review, 2 June 1948
Police Step Into Baseball Gambling, Bribery Case
DeForge and Weingarten Banned For Life From Organized Baseball
WINSTSON-SALEM, N.C, June 2 - Police stepped into the case of the "thrown"
Carolina League Baseball game today after a pkyer-manager who confessed to taking a
bribe and a club official he implicated were banned from the sport for life.
Minor League Commissioner George Trautman blew the Ud off the newest gambling
scandal to cloud the baseball scene when he announced that Bernard DeForge, pitcher-
manager of the Reidsville, N.C. club, had admitted receiving $300 for throwing a game
against Winston-Salem   May 14 and charged Ed Weingarten, Secretary treasurer of
Florence, S.C. of the Tri-State League with being in on the coup.
Trautman, in addition to placing both on the "permanently kegible list," demanded
criminal action under a North Carolina law which calls for one to five years
imprisonment for accepting or offering a bribe in a baseball game.
Police were quick to follow through. Chief John Gold of the Winston-Salem force said
he already had detaUed facts on the case and was continuing as extenive investigation.
Gold pomt out however, that a criminal case would require more evidence than a
baseball probe. "I couldn't say what action might be taken," he said. "That will depend
on the facts we uncover."
Meanwhile Charlotte N.C. police revealed they were checking into reports of a
gambling coup on May 16 Tri-State League game between Charlotte and Florence. Chief
Frank Littlejohn said he had no definite evidence into reports of the gambling coup as
Trautman from his office in Columbus, O., said that DeForge made his "confession"
after prolonged questions.
Under DeForge's admissions as his source, the Minor Leagues Commissioner
reconstructed the story this way:
Several days before the May 14 game DeForge, Weingarten and a man identified as W.C.
Mc Waters met at the Hotel Belvedere in Reidsville and discussed "making a lot of money
by betting on baseball games." It was agreed that Mc Waters would "contact" DeForge at
the proper time.
Meanwhile reports reached Trautman's office that Winston-Salem would win by at
least three runs Mat 14 and that DeForge was talking with a well-known gambler while
he was warming up.
After seven and a half innings of play in the game, with Winston-Salem leading 2-0,
DeForge relieved Pitcher Tal Abnernathy.               
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Reidsville Luckies 1949 – 1954, Volume II

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