Fix Is in: A History of Baseball Gambling and Game Fixing Scandals

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On September 27, 1865, gambler Kane McLoughlin paid William Wansley $100 to ensure that the Brooklyn Eckfords would beat the Mutuals of New York. Wansley bribed Mutuals shortstop Tom Devyr and third baseman Ed Duffy to join the plot. The result was a 23-11 win by the Eckfords in a game marked by "passed balls and...muffed easy flys." Baseball was faced with its first gambling scandal.

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Overview

On September 27, 1865, gambler Kane McLoughlin paid William Wansley $100 to ensure that the Brooklyn Eckfords would beat the Mutuals of New York. Wansley bribed Mutuals shortstop Tom Devyr and third baseman Ed Duffy to join the plot. The result was a 23-11 win by the Eckfords in a game marked by "passed balls and...muffed easy flys." Baseball was faced with its first gambling scandal.

This is a comprehensive account of gambling and game fixing scandals that have gripped the nation. Attention is rightly focused on the best known incidents (e.g., the Black Sox scandal and the Pete Rose case), but the lesser known scandals are covered in-depth as well. Included are two chapters on game fixing scandals in the minor leagues.

Daniel E. Ginsburg lives in Calistoga, California.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786419203
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/8/2004
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 327
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Daniel E. Ginsburg lived in Washington, D.C., but was a part-time resident of Ay, France. He was the president and majority owner of Champagne de Meric, the only American-owned winery in Champagne.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction: The Evils of Gambling 1
1. The Early Days 3
2. The National Association 15
3. The Louisville Scandal 37
4. The Game Grows Up 52
5. The Calm Before the Storm 69
6. Hal Chase 84
7. The Black Sox 100
8. Days of Scandal 163
9. The O'Connell-Dolan Affair 184
10. The Cobb-Speaker Affair 196
11. The Era of Tranquility 213
12. The Denny McLain Incident 228
13. The Pete Rose Scandal 236
14. Minor League Scandals Before 1930 255
15. Minor League Scandals from 1930 to 1994 273
16. Summing It All Up 291
Chapter Notes 295
Bibliography 299
Index 305
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