The Black Sox Scandal in the 1919 World Series

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The Black Sox Scandal in the 1919 World Series was the Chicago White Sox losing to the Cincinnati Reds intentionally in exchange for money from gamblers. Eight White Sox players were accused of this fixing in the 1920’s which includes what is was, who was involved, and the outcome. Baseball became a famous game in the late 1800’s, and continued to grow. The first World Series was played in 1903, and the annual contest between the two top teams quickly became one of the most anticipated events in America. More and more people kept attending each year. In 1919 the World Series was expected to be profitable, and it did reach a large attendance. It was such a big event, and many other major devious events were involved. There was not one single person behind the scandal, but there was many people involved. Two men were known to be more involved in the scandal than anybody else, William Thomas "Sleepy Bill" Burns and Billy Maharg. William Burns was an ex-major league pitcher and was the connection to the players. Billy Maharg was the gambler with the connections. Those two men approached two of the White Sox players, Pitcher Ed Cicotte and First Baseman Arnold "Chick" Gandil, about fixing the Series. After thinking about the decisions they were making Cicotte and Gandil decided it would not work with just two players, so they got others involved. The other players were Lefty Williams, Happy Felsch, Swede Risberg, Buck Weaver, Fred McMullin, and one of the best and most
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