- Series: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1st edition (May 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805065377
- ISBN-13: 978-0805065374
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 118 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The most thorough investigation of the Black Sox scandal on record ... A vividly, excitingly written book:” ―Chicago Tribune
“Dramatic detail ... an admirable journalistic feat.” ―The New York Times
“As thrilling as a cops and robbers tome.” ―The Boston Globe
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"As Jackson departed from the Grand Jury room, a small boy clutched at his sleeve and tagged along after him. 'Say it ain't so, Joe, ' he pleaded. 'Say it ain't so.'"
But to the horror of the entire nation -- it was. The headlines proclaimed the 1919 fix of the World Series and attempted cover-up as "the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America!" In this timeless classic, Eliot Asinof has reconstructed the entire story of the infamous scandal in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation's leading gamblers to throw the Series to Cincinnati. Scene by scene, he vividly describes the tense meetings, the hitches in the conniving, the actual plays in which the Series was thrown, the Grand Jury indictment, and the famous 1921 trial. Further, he perceptively examines the motives and backgrounds of the players and the conditions that made the improbable fix all too possible. Here, too, is a graphic picture of the American underworld that managed the fix, the deeply shocked newspapermen who uncovered the story, and the war-exhausted nation that turned with relief and pride to the Series, only to be rocked by the scandal. Far more than a superbly told baseball story, this compelling American drama will appeal to all those interested in the history of American popular culture.
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I realized that I needed to know more than what a movie shows. So I read the book. Wow, what great writing! A fascinating look at what a limited-by-time constraints movie just can't present.
If you love baseball history or are at all curious about the story of the "Black Sox" I highly recommend Asinov's book. Even if you don't "know" baseball, it's a great read about greed, the pitfalls of our legal system "back in the day," and how otherwise honest, but naive, human beings can be manipulated.
Asinof had to rely in large part on newspaper articles either contemporary or later accounts that revealed hitherto unknown facts about the case. Despite such limitations, Asinof clearly reveals the workings of the gambling world, the motivations of the players involved in the conspiracy, the suspicions of the newspapermen who covered the series, and the response of the higher ups like Charles Comiskey and AL President Byron Johnson in dealing with the scandal. Conjectures were made in the process, but Asinof includes relevant background information on the characters involved to give validity to his interpretations.
The planning of the conspiracy (probably the most difficult part of the story to tell) and the games themselves are the most comprehensive and intriguing parts of the book. The trial and the aftermath were also well-written and thorough covering the fates of almost every character involved. I saw a sports memorabilia catalogue that offered a letter signed by Commissioner Landis to Joe Jackson dated April 6, 1922 which stated "In view of the crime in connection with the World's Series of 1919, of course the money about which you inquire cannot be paid to you" (the minimum bid was $5,000--half of what Cicotte received for his part in the conspiracy). This book definitely gave me a better understanding of what that 1919 scandal that ruined the careers of Jackson and seven of his teammates was about. If one is really interested in this subject, I would recommend also looking at other more recently published books to see if there has been more information unearthed since "Eight Men Out."
Rumors ran wild during the Series and at times it looked like the whole deal might fall apart. Players weren't being paid, some of them weren't really even in the loop about which games were to be thrown. The players began to buck the gamblers, only receiving minimal payments to keep the deal from going belly-up. Still, the Sox lost the series and huge profits were made by gamblers.
It took nearly a year for the scandal to truly come to light and go to trial. While a couple players may have initiated the deal, they all ended up the losers. None of them were ever paid the money they were promised by the gamblers. No one ever went to jail, but the eight players were all banned from every playing baseball again. For some, this was fair, but for a couple, they never took a "dirty dime" and never made a dishonest play. But their knowledge of the plan left them all out in the cold.
This story is incredible and the author does a fantastic job of tying everything together. While reading this, it is amazing that the deal ever actually happened. No two hands ever seemed to know what the other was doing. The story is also still relevant today, and is such a fascinating tale that even those who aren't really fans of baseball will enjoy this book.