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

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

  1. John D.:
    Ahh, the infamous Black Sox…love this story.
    Comiskey was a jerk to begin with.
    And, some of the gamblers bailed when the odds dropped.

    Good call

    Stay safe.


  2. Allegedly, they were called the Black Sox before the scandal, fora reason that had nothing to do with throwing the Series. As the story goes, Comiskey was such a cheapskate that the players couldn’t afford to wash their uniforms while they were on the road, so they played in dirty uniforms. Hence, the Black Sox.


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