Eight Men Out The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series

Eliot Asinof; Introduction by Stephen Jay Gould

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Eliot Asinof has reconstructed the story of the infamous scandal in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation's leading gamblers to throw the Series to Cincinnati. Scene by scene, he 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. Further, he 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 baseball story, Eight Men Out is a compelling contemporary classic will appeal to all those interested in the history of American popular culture.


Praise for Eight Men Out

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

"Dramatic detail . . . An admirable journalistic feat."—The New York Times

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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.” Stores were open but business came
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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 has written numerous books and a variety of plays for television and motion pictures. He lives in Ancramdale, New York, in a house he built with his son.