this day in crime history: october 9, 1919


“Say it ain’t so, Joe.” On this date in 1919, the Chicago White Sox lost game eight of the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds, 10-5. This gave the series to the Reds, five games to three. Of course, losing a baseball game isn’t a crime. Unless the game was fixed. And this one was, reportedly by NY gangster Arnold Rothstein. Eight of the Chicago White Sox players – dubbed the Black Sox – were banned for life from baseball.

Further reading:

History Files – Chicago Black Sox

Wikipedia: Black Sox Scandal

Wikipedia: Arnold_Rothstein

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2 thoughts on “this day in crime history: october 9, 1919

  1. John D.:
    This story never stops fascinating me.
    But perhaps that’s because it’s when baseball was baseball.
    (and gangsters were gangsters)
    And once in a while, the paths of both crossed.

    Good call.

    Roll safe out there.

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