The Black Sox Scandal

1919 Chicago White Sox Public domain

Some of the Chicago White Sox players confessed to taking a bribe to lose the 1919 World Series on purpose, but they never admitted to actually underplaying. And the collective memory about this whole scandal is very different from how it all played out.

Tracy's Research:

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  • Neyer, Rob. “Two distinct periods of gambling.” ESPN. 2/7/2014.
  • Schulman, Henry. “A hundred years after the Black Sox scandal, MLB embraces baseball betting.” San Francisco Chronicle. 3/2/2019.
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  • Traubel, Horace. “Sunday, April 7, 1889.” From With Walt Whitman in Camden, vol. 4 (1953). Via The Walt Whitman Archive.
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Topics in this Podcast: Scandals, 20th century, U.S. history, sports history