Series Goes Dark as Black Sox Lose to Reds

By Glen Sparks

Joe "Shoeless Joe" Jackson

Joe “Shoeless Joe” Jackson

My Oct. 1 post gives an account of the Black Sox scandal and its aftermath. I hope you get a chance to read it and to take a look at the slide show. You’ll learn a few things about the key participants.

If you want to find out more about the scandal, you can choose from plenty of options. I am listing some books, movies and web sites.

Books

Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series. Eliot Asinof and Stephen Jay Gould (Introduction). 2000 edition of 1963 book.  This is the most popular account of the scandal and the basis for the 1988 movie.

Turning the Black Sox White: The Misunderstood Legacy of Charles Comisky. Tim Hornbecker and Bob Hole. 2014. Did Charles Comiskey’s penny-pinching habits really inspire his players to throw the World Series for money? This book offers a different take on the man people called “Commie.”

Burying the Black Sox: How Baseball’s Cover-up of the 1919 World Series Fix almost Succeeded. Gene Carney. 2007. The author argues that the players weren’t the only ones involved in a conspiracy.

Black Sox in the Courtroom: The Grand Jury, the Criminal Trial and Civil Litigation. William F. Lamb. 2013. Lamb focuses on the nitty-gritty of the legal proceedings in the Black Sox scandal.

The Original Curse: Did the Cubs Throw the 1918 World Series to Babe Ruth’s Red Sox and Incite the Black Sox Scandal. Sean Deveney. 2009. Hmm. I need to read this one. This is a new theory on me. I am still trying to keep the billy goat story straight and the tale about Babe Ruth’s lost piano.

Say It Ain’t So, Joe! The True Story of Shoeless Joe Jackson. Donald Gropman and Alan Dershowitz (Introduction). 2000. Gropman tells the life story of one of baseball’s greatest hitters. Famed lawyer Dershowitz wrote the introduction.

Movies

Eight Men Out. Directed by John Sayles. 1988. This is a rich movie that goes into great detail about the scandal. The standout cast includes John Cusack as Buck Weaver and D.B. Sweeney as “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. You also can catch a restrained Charlie Sheen as Oscar “Happy” Felsch and Kevin Tighe of 1970s Emergency Fame trying out his Irish brogue. Warning: If you don’t know much about the scandal, the movie may lose you in spots.

Field of Dreams. Directed by Phil Alden Robinson. 1989. Have a catch.

Internet

Black Sox Scandal – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Don’t people go to Wikipedia first?

The Black Sox Trial – An Account. This article offers a nice summary of the ’19 Series and trial.

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