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1919 Black Sox The 1919 Chicago White Sox--known to baseball historians as the Black Sox--were bribed by gamblers to deliberately lose the World Series that autumn to the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds took the best-of-nine series five games to three. The two best pitchers on White Sox accounted for all five losses: Eddie Cicotte lost two games and Lefty Williams lost three. Eight members of the team were eventually banned from baseball for life when the details of the scandal broke in 1920.
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Added: 20th August 2008
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Posted by: Cliffy on 2008-08-20 
Hmm, common denominator seems to be the Cincinnati Reds; last betting I knew of was with them and Pete Rose.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-08-20 
The eight Black Sox were outfielders Shoeless Joe Jackson and Happy Felsch, pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Lefty Wiliiams, shortstop Swede Risberg, first baseman Chick Gandil, third baseman Buck Weaver, and utility player Fred McMullin. Gandil was the ring leader. McMullin never appeared in the series. It is generally agreed that Weaver was not in on the fix but was nevertheless banned from baseball because he sat in on the meetings regarding the fix and did not report them. Shoeless Joe Jackson's role has been hotley debated. He led both teams with a .375 batting average and hit the only home run of the series. Weaver and Jackson both tried to get reinstated until they died.

Eliot Asinof's book 'Eight Men Out' is especially good. It was made into a 1988 movie--which is also especially good.
Posted by: beev50 on 2010-01-06 
I enjoy baseball movies a lot.It is kind of sad I live so close to The Field of Dreams but have not seen it yet.
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