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Black Sox Scandal
Episode 123rd November 2021 • Interesting World of Sports • Hopewell Valley Student Publication Network
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Show Name: Interesting World of Sports

Episode 1: Black Sox Scandal

In this episode of the Podcast we will be discussing “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, the outcome of the Scandal, and who deserves the series, if anyone.

Segment 1: “Shoeless” Joe Jackson

  • First off, let's dive into the name “Shoeless’ Joe Jackson. In a game played in Greenville, South Carolina, he had blisters on his foot from a new pair of cleats. They hurt so much that he decided to remove his shoes before he was next up to bat. In that at bat, he smacked a bases clearing triple… shoeless.
  • The great left fielder whose name will forever be linked to the scandal, batted .375 in the Series. Which is very impressive. 
  • He was still accused of being part of the scandal. Jackson was approached by his teammates, said “no” to them twice, but accepted some money from the gamblers. As a result, he was kicked out of the major leagues.
  • To add insult to injury he was also banned from ever being in The Hall of Fame, an achievement more impressive than a championship 
  • Talk about weather or not he should have been kicked out 

Segment 2: The Outcome of the Scandal

  • Sports writer, Hugh Fullerton, he claims that white sox players were fixing the world series
  • 8 members of the White Sox were banned for life from the league after being accused of taking $5,000 each in exchange for throwing the series
  • After 1919, the first ever commissioner of baseball was appointed. His name was Kennesaw Mountain Landis. He ruled over baseball and vowed to prevent another “Black Sox Scandal.” He was commissioner for 35 years
  • .MLB Rule 21 was put in place, it prohibits gambling and was made eight years after the 1919 World Series. It states that a player will be banned for life if he bets on a game that he is involved in.
  • The United States Department of Justice Archives, 923. 18. U.S.C. Section 371 - CONSPIRACY TO DEFRAUD THE PUBLIC - To conspire to defraud the United States means primarily to cheat the Government out of property or money, but it also means to interfere with or obstruct one of its lawful governmental functions by deceit, craft or trickery, or at least by means that are dishonest. It is not necessary that the Government shall be subjected to property or pecuniary loss by the fraud, but only that its legitimate official action and purpose shall be defeated by misrepresentation, chicane or the overreaching of those charged with carrying out the governmental intention.
  • While they were not charged with the crime after the confessions go “missing” 

Segment 3: Do the Reds deserve the championship?

  • Talk about whether or not we think the Reds deserve the championship
  • In the record books they call it a fall classic win, not a world series win.
  • Reds record: 96-44
  • Black Sox record: 88-52
  • Reds won series 5-3, First ever best of 9 series

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