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1919 The Black Sox and the Scandal the Rocked Baseball: Home

Historical information about the White Sox and the 1919 World Series as well on its impact on American culture.

The 1919 White Sox are regarded by many as one of the greatest teams in baseball history. They won 88 games in a season shortened by World War 1. Three of them, Eddie Collins, Urban Faber, and Ray Schalk are in the hall of fame. They also had 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson, holder of the third highest batting average of all time and Eddie Cicotte the ace pitcher who led the league in wins. Sadly, the team isn't remembered for their talent, but for throwing the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. Eight players were charged with conspiring with gamblers to throw the World Series for money. While all eight were acquitted in a court of law, Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned them from professional baseball from life. This has had a large impact on the sport of baseball and American culture. While not all the facts are known, I've tried to paint a picture of the incident, the consequences it had for baseball, and its influence on American culture.