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:

Chicago Tribune“The Black Sox”

Wikipedia: Black Sox Scandal

Wikipedia: Arnold_Rothstein

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

  1. A very good, if insanely complicated, account of the scandal is in the book “Rothstein,” by David Pietrusza. It’s a fascinating biography of You-Know-Who, and contains the assertion that there was strong evidence that the year before, 1918, the Cubs had thrown their series (my old hometown covers itself with glory once again), but the league had such financial problems because of the war that it couldn’t afford to investigate.
    (And, the “Black Sox” moniker predates the scandal. It came from the fact that Comiskey was so cheap that his players couldn’t afford to wash their uniforms between games.)


  2. John D.:
    —The movie Eight Men Out was a pretty decent flick.
    As to HOW accurate it is, well…it IS Hollywood.

    Still, the story behind it is quite intriguing.

    Roll safe out there.


    • You know, I have yet to see that movie. As luck would have it, the local library has a DVD copy of it. Guess I’ll have to check it out. As soon as I find a hole in my (over)crowded TV schedule. 🙂


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