Burying the Black Sox: How Baseball's Cover-Up of the 1919


    Download Book Best Sellers in PDF format questions that fascinate any baseball fan wondering about baseball s original dilemma over guilt and innocence Who else in baseball knew that the fix was in When did they know And what did they do about it Carney explores how Charles Comiskey, the owner of the White Sox, and his fellow owners tried to bury the incident and control the damage, how the conspiracy failed, and how Shoeless Joe Jackson attempted to clear his name He uses primary research materials that weren t available when Asinof wrote Eight Men Out, including thegrand jury statements by Jackson and pitcher Eddie Cicotte, the diary of Comiskey s secretary, and the transcripts of Jackson ssuit against the Sox for back pay Where Asinof told the story of the eight Black Sox, Carney explains the baseball industry s uncertain response to the scandal."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 363 pages
  • Burying the Black Sox: How Baseball's Cover-Up of the 1919 World Series Fix Almost Succeeded
  • Gene Carney
  • English
  • 10 July 2018
  • 1574889729

10 thoughts on “Burying the Black Sox: How Baseball's Cover-Up of the 1919 World Series Fix Almost Succeeded

  1. Harold Kasselman Harold Kasselman says:

    I can credit the author for his exhaustive research for this treatise on the 1919 scandal The execution, however, left this reader dazed and confused He does raise some fascinating questions for debate There is so much information that the author wants to synthesize and convey to the reader that it s almost a stream of consciousness One thing is clear from this book about the 1919 World Series there is no unanimity about what happened And what we do not know for sure seems to outweigh w I can credit the author for his exhaustive research for this treatise on the 1919 scandal The execution, however, left this reader dazed and confused He does raise some fascinating questions for debate There is so much information that the author wants to synthesize and convey to the reader that it s almost a stream of consciousness One thing is clear from this book about the 1919 World Series there is no unanimity about what happened And what we do not know for sure seems to outweigh what we do know The other fact we come away with is that there is no single sin myth in baseball gambling history It happened before 1919 and happened at least in 1920 and even later in the decade Then there is Pete Rose.The author asks the reader and the moguls and establishment of baseball itself not to be satisfied with the easy and comfortable road of complacency with what has been conveyed in Eight men Out For Carney, there is the underlying cover up by Comiskey, Ban Johnson, reporters and others including Landis to cast blame on eight convenient targets to preserve the owners reputation and wallets from investigation and scrutiny For Landis and the owners, moving on from the scandal was crucial for the existential future of the game If the public lost trust and faith in the cleanliness of the game, it would doom the owners and the officials Why Carney asks, should Charles Comiskey, clearly one who had early knowledge of the fix, be enshrined while men like Buck Weaver, knowledge but non complicity, and Joe Jackson, begged Comiskey to bench him to disassociate him from the fix, be banned and blackballed forever Carney makes a very good argument for why Weaver should be pardoned and reinstated Yet from Ford Frick in 1953 to Vincent Faye, commissioners have decided to leave the past buried The case for weaver is perhaps stronger than Jackson Weaver knew of the fix, may have attended a couple of meetings, but renounced himself from any conspiracy His crime, as per Landis, was guilty knowledge He should have informed on his pals been a snitch Certainly he was acquitted in a criminal court, but Landis created a lower standard and in hindsight it has protected the integrity of the sport The deterrent effect of punishing guilty knowledge has been effective, but what of justice That is what Carney asks and he makes a very valid argument As for Jackson, there is so much ambiguity that it s a harder sell He sued in a 1924 civil case for his salaries cut short by his banishment The jury decided 11 1 in his favor that he had done nothing wrong on the field to justify the cancellation of his contract by Comiskey The judge set aside the verdict The jury saw the witnesses, judged their demeanor and declared Jackson clean Carney enlightened me with the assertion somewhat corroborated that Jackson went to Comiskey s secretary GM and told him about the fix, tried to give him back the 5,000 that Lefty Williams gave him, and repeatedly tried to see Comiskey but was blocked On the other hand Jackson s 1924 testimony differed from his grand jury testimony so much so that the judge ordered him jailed for perjury for a day And perhaps celebrity was a cause for the jury s sympathetic verdict for Jackson As for the gamblers involved, the instigator the financial backer, anyone s guess is as good as Carney s He provides hearsay and rumor but there are no conclusions Were the players forced to throw games for fear of their lives Lefty Williams wife continued to answer affirmatively until her last days Which games if any were thrown Which players demonstrably threw them We have no definitive answers but Carney offers the research for the reader to make their own decisions This is a good book to generate discussions and for a resource for years to come but it s a struggle to follow


  2. Chris Dean Chris Dean says:

    One of the best researched books I ve ever read It certainly challenges your thought process on what is commonly accepted as the Black Sox scandal Very intricate with many different characters I was never aware of Joe Jackson s 1924 trial as well as several of the other mini scandals that came both before and after the 1919 World Series Certainly worth reading if you are a baseball fan.


  3. Tom Stamper Tom Stamper says:

    Gene Carney asksquestions than he answers in Burying the Black Sox and he likes it that way He feels the story is too complex and incomplete to form a decisive opinion He tells you why Shoeless Joe might have been almost entirely innocent or why he might have beennefarious than suspected, although he concludes that Joe was not guilty by the criteria laid out by Judge Landis He goes into the influence of gamblers in 1917 series and other games before and after this 1919 scandal He Gene Carney asksquestions than he answers in Burying the Black Sox and he likes it that way He feels the story is too complex and incomplete to form a decisive opinion He tells you why Shoeless Joe might have been almost entirely innocent or why he might have beennefarious than suspected, although he concludes that Joe was not guilty by the criteria laid out by Judge Landis He goes into the influence of gamblers in 1917 series and other games before and after this 1919 scandal He explains how Landis viewed baseball before and after becoming commissioner The overall conclusion of the book is that Landis was unfair with this group of 8 men because they were not the first nor the last to do these things Yet, Landis may have very well saved baseball by this unfair act because it gave the public a reason to believe in baseball again and it gave other players a reason to behave.Carney takes the view that the owners were just trying to protect themselves and their investment which seems to have been the motivation But he doesn t give enough credit to the owners for creating a league that still exists He gives this credit to the players, although where would they be financially without a league that someone else organized I agree with him that players should be judged for the Hall of Fame by what they did on the field By that argument Shoeless Joe and Charlie Hustle should be enshrined


  4. Matt Matt says:

    While I applaud the author for tackling the topic and showing that the events surrounding the 1919 World Series werecomplicated than many of us believe, he perhaps does the job too well This fractured compilation of research, with its scattered timeline consisting of multiple trials, its assortment of both period and contemporary writers rarely and inconsistently identified and unwelcome insertion of what ifs and hypotheticals is wrapped up in the conclusion with a metaphor from a Peanu While I applaud the author for tackling the topic and showing that the events surrounding the 1919 World Series werecomplicated than many of us believe, he perhaps does the job too well This fractured compilation of research, with its scattered timeline consisting of multiple trials, its assortment of both period and contemporary writers rarely and inconsistently identified and unwelcome insertion of what ifs and hypotheticals is wrapped up in the conclusion with a metaphor from a Peanuts comic Thanks for all your research, Mr Carney, but next time some heavy editing would help your readability


  5. Marjorie Marjorie says:

    Great book if you want the real story Not a great book if you re merely content withEight Men OutGreat book if you want the real story Not a great book if you re merely content withEight Men Out


  6. Brent Brent says:

    From everything I ve read on the Black Sox I m inclined to agree Shoeless Joe may not have been given justice by Landis He didn t plan anything with the others and he tried to warn Comiskey about the fix before the Series.


  7. Brad Brad says:

    The information is there, but the writing is often clunky and unclear.


  8. Michael Schumacher Michael Schumacher says:

    I enjoyed this book Somewhat disjointed in its presentation, but an informative read that cobbles together varying accounts and really brings to light some aspects that were overlooked previously Free Shoeless Joe


  9. Jeff Jeff says:

    I was drawn to Gene Carney s Burying the Black Sox solely by my love of baseball history and thought that I had an opportunity to learnabout the events leading up to and following the 1919 World Series in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox were accused of fixing games.Mr Carney s premise is that the White Sox players were scapegoats used to cover up the fact that major league baseball had for some time a significant connection to gambling that, if fully exposed, would have end I was drawn to Gene Carney s Burying the Black Sox solely by my love of baseball history and thought that I had an opportunity to learnabout the events leading up to and following the 1919 World Series in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox were accused of fixing games.Mr Carney s premise is that the White Sox players were scapegoats used to cover up the fact that major league baseball had for some time a significant connection to gambling that, if fully exposed, would have ended its reign as the National Pastime To support his premise, Mr Carney provides documentation from various sources from the period, interviews given years after the event, and transcripts from a 1924 lawsuit brought by Shoeless Joe jackson against the White Sox claiming failure to pay him under the terms of his contract.All of this documentation and the premise itself has promise to tell a compelling story However, I found myself disappointed by Mr Carney s writing style, which I found to lack focus His narrative jumps all over the place and at no time did I feel that he was carefully constructing his case, perhaps because he appears to be unwilling to draw any conclusions of his own Here s how it felt Did the eight Black Sox throw the games We don t know Maybe Four almost probably Or not Did the owners know in advance that this was happening Seems likely, but they didn t do anything concrete to stop it, so maybe not Was Arnold Rothstein involved Again, seems likely, but the evidence points in different directions and he says he didn t, but he might have been involved in the disappearance of the grand jury testimony.In the end, Mr Carney gave me some new details to consider about how major league baseball tried to sweep the scandal under the rug, but in the end I found myself wanting to scream out, TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK REALLY HAPPENED It s a shame, really Inexpert hands, with this material, this could have been one hell of a book Unfortunately, it s not


  10. Nan Nan says:

    Excellent coverage of the 1919 Black Sox scandal who was in on it, who wasn t, who may not have been, why nobody cared for so long with the added bonus of the origin of the Say it ain t so, Joe story Carney also looks at the performance of the players in each game, looking for signs of thrown games.A worthwhile read, one that sometimes brings to mind comparisons with the steroids scandals of our own day.


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