Eight Men Out

The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series

Eliot Asinof; Introduction by Stephen Jay Gould

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The headlines proclaimed the 1919 fix of the World Series and attempted cover-up as "the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America!" First published in 1963, Eight Men Out has become a timeless classic. Eliot Asinof has reconstructed the entire scene-by-scene story of the fantastic scandal in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation's leading gamblers to throw the Series in Cincinnati. Mr. Asinof vividly describes the tense meetings, the hitches in the conniving, the actual plays in which the Series was thrown, the Grand Jury indictment, and the famous 1921 trial. Moving behind the scenes, he perceptively examines the motives and backgrounds of the players and the conditions that made the improbable fix all too possible. Here, too, is a graphic picture of the American underworld that managed the fix, the deeply shocked newspapermen who uncovered the story, and the war-exhausted nation that turned with relief and pride to the Series, only to be rocked by the scandal. Far more than a superbly told baseball story, this is a compelling slice of American history in the aftermath of World War I and at the cusp of the Roaring Twenties.

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  ITHE FIX“Arnold Rothstein is a man who waits
in doorways … a mouse, waiting in
the doorway for his cheese.”—William J. Fallon1On the morning of October 1, 1919, the sun rose in a clear blue sky over the city of Cincinnati. The temperature would climb to a sultry 83° by midafternoon. It was almost too good to be true, for the forecast had been ominous. From early morning, the sidewalks were jammed. A brightly clad band marched through the streets playing “There’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight.

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"The most thorough investigation of the Black Sox scandal on record ... A vividly, excitingly written book:"--Chicago Tribune

"Dramatic detail ... an admirable journalistic feat." --The New York Times

"As thrilling as a cops and robbers tome." --The Boston Globe

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Eliot Asinof; Introduction by Stephen Jay Gould

Eliot Asinof was born in the year of the ill-fated World Series fix. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 1940, he played minor league baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He wrote numerous books and a variety of plays for television and motion pictures. He lived in Ancramdale, New York, in a house he built with his son.

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Eight Men Out
The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series
Eliot Asinof; Introduction by Stephen Jay Gould

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Henry Holt and Co.
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April 2011
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ISBN: 9781429997362
ISBN10: 1429997362
328 pages
$9.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
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May 2000
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ISBN: 9780805065374
ISBN10: 0805065377
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 328 pages, Includes eight pages of black-and-white photographs
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