We have a good one for you today for Sports Throwback Thursday. Let’s take it back to 1919. Why? It’s about the 1919 Chicago White Sox scandal.
In 1919, some of the White Sox players were involved in fixing the World Series. It’s one of the most notorious scandals in baseball history. The scandal is called “The Black Sox Scandal.”
The scandal occurred during the 1919 World Series between the White Sox and Cincinnati Reds. The 1919 Chicago White Sox played 140 games during the regular season, won 88 games, lost 52, and finished in the first position. White Sox finish the season with a .629 winning percentage.
Shoeless Joe Jackson was accused of taking part in throwing the 1919 World Series along with seven of his teammates. His teammates were: Eddie Cicotte, Claude “Lefty” Williams, Arnold “Chick” Gandil, Charles “Swede” Risburg, George “Buck” Weaver, Oscar “Happy” Felsch, and Fred McMullin.
In October 1920, Gandil, Cicotte, Williams, Risberg, Felsch, McMullin, Weaver, and Jackson—now dubbed the “Black Sox”—were indicted on nine counts of conspiracy.
Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned all eight members from baseball. The commissioner was not going to let this slide. He wanted the game of baseball to have integrity and respect for its fans. If the 2017 Houston Astros played in this era, there would’ve been severe repercussions.
Jackson was innocent; he was still banned from baseball and not allowed to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Arnold Rothstein, one of the suspects for organizing or financing the fix, was never charged with a crime.