The Most Notorious Scandal in the History of American Sports. The Black Sox Scandal of 1919. The Year Was 1919. The First World War has just ended. Woodrow Wilson is President of the United States. The prohibition amendment to the constitution has been ratified. The Year Was 1919.
For a half dollar you could purchase two bleacher seats or one reserved seat at a Major League Baseball game.
Several members (as many as 8) of the 1919 Chicago White Sox agreed to lose the World Series in exchange for money.
“Shoeless” Joe Jackson
The White Sox Team of 1919 – The Best Team in Baseball
In the movie Field of Dreams, the character played by Kevin Costner builds a baseball field so that the Black Sox (now long dead) could again play baseball.
“Build it and he will come.”
The Black Sox walk out of the cornfield to baseball field.
A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.
Cast of the movie: Eight Men Out
Charlie Sheen played Oscar “Happy” Felsch.
John Cusack played George "Buck" Weaver.
David Strathairnplayed Eddie Cicotte.
On the left is Christopher Lloyd who played “Sleepy” Bill Burns and on the right is Richard Edson who played Billy Maharg. These two approached Arnold Rothstein for financing to fix the World Series but were double crossed by Rothstein.
Do you feel that the players were treated unfairly by the owner of the team? Explain your answer.
Was baseball Commissioner Landis correct to ban ALL the players from baseball for life? Explain your answer.
What has happened since 1919 to prevent this type of scandal from happening again?
Do you believe something like the 1919 Black Sox Scandal could happen again?
The Black Sox of 1919
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