Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series (The Black Sox & the 1919 World Series)
A book by Eliot Asinof
"As thrilling as a cops and robbers tome." --The Boston Globe "Dramatic detail ... an admirable journalistic feat." --The New York Times "The most thorough investigation of the Black Sox scandal on record … see full wiki
Originally published in 1963, rereleased in 1987 to coincide with the "Major Motion Picture" trumpeted on the cover.
The story of the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal, when eight members of the Chicago Sox team of another stripe conspired to throw the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds, a heavy on-paper underdog. The eight Sox were charged, tried, and acquitted, but immediately banned from organized baseball for life by new baseball commissioner Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis, hired specifically for this purpose.
This story is an American tragedy; the reader is drawn to the likable yet gullible baseball players being played for fools by the gambling interests and baseball owners, both with the wherewithal and organization to act to protect their interests and sacrifice the baseball players in a sordid morality tale.
The movie is a faithful recreation of the book, taking very few liberties with the historical account.
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