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Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series

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  • Posted February 19, 2013

    Were the players guilty or not?  In the book, it tells the story

    Were the players guilty or not? 
    In the book, it tells the story of the Black Socks and the 1919 World Series. The players were being accused of throwing the series in order to get money from the gamblers that bet against them. It went to court and the court proved the team innocent but the men who were involved were still banned from playing in the major league for the rest of their lives.  Some major messages that were spread throughout the book were cheating and scandals. There was a lot of mystery in the story and I liked the fact you couldn’t predict what was coming next. Throughout the entire book, you really couldn’t tell who was completely innocent or completely guilty. Before reading the book, I had no idea this had even happened. I love the game of baseball and reading this gave me a better idea on the history of the game.  I don’t like the fact that the author gave so much background of the game itself. If you are reading this book, you most likely know a thing or two about baseball already and at times the detail seamed useless and unimportant. People should read this book because it shaped the current game of baseball. After this incident happened, the amount of gambling and throwing of games decreased a lot. Some rules were rewritten and people are now watched closer to make sure another scandal like this doesn’t happen again.  It was very interesting to learn what happened and how fans were affected. I give Eight Men Out  an overall rating of 7 out of 10. 

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