Sept 22, 1920: Prosecutor zeroes in
Submitted by BTGrimes on Sat, 09/22/2012 - 7:00am
Rumors of a fix
A prosecutor in Chicago heard enough grand jury testimony on this date in 1920 to say the 1919 World Series between the Sox and the Cincinnati Reds “was not played on the square.” Assistant State’s Attorney Hartley Replogle went on to say, “From five to seven players on the White Sox are involved.” Replogle wouldn’t say what the evidence was, but it later surfaced that nine “Black” Sox took money from gamblers in exchange for intentionally losing World Series games.
Underdog Cincinnati went on to win the series 5 games to 3 (the series was best of nine in those days).
Eight White Sox players were indicted and put on trial in 1921:
Thanks to the “mysterious” disappearance of incriminating evidence against them, all were acquitted. Baseball’s first Commissioner, former federal judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis, however, wanted to make a dramatic statement to rid the game of any hint of gambling, so he banned the players for life. None ever played major league baseball again.
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