Scandal on the South Side

Scandal on the South Side

by Jacob Pomrenke

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The Black Sox Scandal is a cold case, not a closed case. When Eliot Asinof wrote his classic history about the fixing of the 1919 World Series, Eight Men Out, he told a dramatic story of undereducated and underpaid Chicago White Sox ballplayers, disgruntled by their low pay and poor treatment by team management, who fell prey to the wiles of double-crossing big-city gamblers offering them bribes to lose the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. Shoeless Joe Jackson, Buck Weaver, Eddie Cicotte, and the other Black Sox players were all banned from organized baseball for life. But the real story is a lot more complex.

We now have access to information that changes what we know about "baseball's darkest hour"--including rare film footage from that fateful fall classic, legal documents from the criminal and civil court proceedings, and accurate salary information for major-league players and teams. All of these new pieces to the Black Sox puzzle provide definitive answers to some old mysteries and raise other questions in their place.

However, the Black Sox Scandal isn't the only story worth telling about the 1919 Chicago White Sox. The team roster included three future Hall of Famers, a 20-year-old spitballer who would go on to win 300 games in the minor leagues, and even a batboy who later became a celebrity with the "Murderers' Row" New York Yankees in the 1920s.

All of their stories are included in Scandal on the South Side, which has full-life biographies on each of the 31 players who made an appearance for the White Sox in 1919, plus a comprehensive recap of Chicago's pennant-winning season, the tainted World Series, and the sordid aftermath.

This book isn't a rewriting of Eight Men Out, but it is the complete story of everyone associated with the 1919 Chicago White Sox. The Society for American Baseball Research invites you to learn more about the Black Sox Scandal and the infamous team at the center of it all.

With contributions from Adrian Marcewicz, Andy Sturgill, Brian Cooper, Brian McKenna, Brian Stevens, Bruce Allardice, Dan Lindner, Daniel Ginsburg, David Fleitz, David Fletcher, Gregory H. Wolf, Irv Goldfarb, Jack Morris, Jacob Pomrenke, James E. Elfers, James R. Nitz, Jim Sandoval, John Heeg, Kelly Boyer Sagert and Rod Nelson, Lyle Spatz, Paul Mittermeyer, Peter Morris, Richard Smiley, Rick Huhn, Russell Arent, Steve Cardullo, Steve Steinberg, Steven G. McPherson, and William F. Lamb.

Introduction, Jacob Pomrenke
Prologue: Offseason 1918-19, Jacob Pomrenke
Joe Benz, William F. Lamb
Eddie Cicotte, Jim Sandoval
Eddie Collins, Paul Mittermeyer
Shano Collins, Andy Sturgill
Dave Danforth, Steve Steinberg
Red Faber, Brian Cooper
Happy Felsch, James R. Nitz
Chick Gandil, Daniel Ginsburg
Joe Jackson, David Fleitz
Bill James, Steven G. McPherson
Joe Jenkins, Jacob Pomrenke
Dickey Kerr, Adrian Marcewicz
Nemo Leibold, Gregory H. Wolf
Grover Lowdermilk, James E. Elfers
Byrd Lynn, Russell Arent
Erskine Mayer, Lyle Spatz
Hervey McClellan, Jack Morris
Tom McGuire, Jack Morris
Fred McMullin, Jacob Pomrenke
Eddie Murphy, John Heeg
Win Noyes, Bruce Allardice
Pat Ragan, Andy Sturgill
Swede Risberg, Kelly Boyer Sagert and Rod Nelson
Charlie Robertson, Jacob Pomrenke
Reb Russell, Richard Smiley
Ray Schalk, Brian Stevens
Frank Shellenback, Brian McKenna
John Sullivan, Jacob Pomrenke
Buck Weaver, David Fletcher
Roy Wilkinson, William F. Lamb
Lefty Williams, Jacob Pomrenke
Owner: Charles Comiskey, Irv Goldfarb
Manager: Kid Gleason, Dan Lindner
General Manager: Harry Grabiner, Steve Cardullo
Executive: Tip O'Neill, Brian McKenna
Batboy: Eddie Bennett, Peter Morris
Walking Off to the World Series, Jacob Pomrenke
The 1919 World Series: A Recap, Rick Huhn
The Pitching Depth Dilemma, Jacob Pomrenke
1919 American League Salaries, Jacob Pomrenke
The Black Sox Scandal, William F. Lamb
Epilogue: Offseason 1919-20, Jacob Pomrenke

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151083102
Publisher: Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)
Publication date: 07/09/2015
Series: SABR Digital Library , #28
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 299,123
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

SABR is the Society for American Baseball Research, a group of over 6,000 enthusiasts about the game of baseball whose research interests range from the game's history to statistical analysis, records, cultural impact, and more. The BioProject is a SABR effort to research, write, and publish biographies of every player--and every person--ever connected with organized baseball. Anyone with a love of baseball can join SABR and become a part of these efforts.

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