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Topics in Chronicling America - The Chicago “Black Sox” Scandal

"Striiiike! 8 Men Out!" Soon after the Cincy Reds win the 1919 World Series rumors spread that gamblers paid eight Chicago White Sox players (later nicknamed The Black Sox) to "throw" the game. An investigation is launched and though a grand jury acquits the players, they're banned from playing professional baseball ever again. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection (http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/). Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.


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Important Dates:

  • October 10, 1919: The Cincinnati Reds defeat the Chicago White Sox in game 8 of the World Series, making the Reds the 1919 Series champions.
  • September 1920: Rumors spread that the Series had been fixed, and an investigation is begun into the allegations. Several White Sox players admit to participation in the scandal, and eight of the players are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the public.
  • July 18 1921: The players are brought to trial.
  • August 2, 1921: The jury finds the players not guilty, but they are subsequently banned by the national baseball commissioner from playing professionally.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] White Sox, Black Sox, World Series, fix, Cincinnati, Reds, Comiskey, Abe Attell, acquit.
  • To narrow results, search between October 1919 and August 1921.

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