- Paperback: 8 pages
- Publisher: Holt (Henry) & Co ,U.S.; Film Tie-in Ed edition (Dec. 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805003460
- ISBN-13: 978-0805003468
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 18.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Eight Men Out: Black Sox and the 1919 World Series (The Black Sox & the 1919 World Series) Paperback – 1 Dec 1987
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"The most thorough investigation of the Black Sox scandal on record ... A vividly, excitingly written book: "--"Chicago Tribune"
"Dramatic detail ... an admirable journalistic feat." --"The New York Times"
"As thrilling as a cops and robbers tome." --"The Boston Globe"
The most thorough investigation of the Black Sox scandal on record ... A vividly, excitingly written book: "Chicago Tribune"
Dramatic detail ... an admirable journalistic feat. "The New York Times"
As thrilling as a cops and robbers tome. "The Boston Globe"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
"As Jackson departed from the Grand Jury room, a small boy clutched at his sleeve and tagged along after him. 'Say it ain't so, Joe, ' he pleaded. 'Say it ain't so.'"
But to the horror of the entire nation -- it was. The headlines proclaimed the 1919 fix of the World Series and attempted cover-up as "the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America!" In this timeless classic, Eliot Asinof has reconstructed the entire story of the infamous scandal in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation's leading gamblers to throw the Series to Cincinnati. Scene by scene, he vividly describes the tense meetings, the hitches in the conniving, the actual plays in which the Series was thrown, the Grand Jury indictment, and the famous 1921 trial. Further, he perceptively examines the motives and backgrounds of the players and the conditions that made the improbable fix all too possible. Here, too, is a graphic picture of the American underworld that managed the fix, the deeply shocked newspapermen who uncovered the story, and the war-exhausted nation that turned with relief and pride to the Series, only to be rocked by the scandal. Far more than a superbly told baseball story, this compelling American drama will appeal to all those interested in the history of American popular culture. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The book certainly makes you feel sympathetic toward "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and Buck Weaver. Like Pete Rose, these two players probably deserve some of the forgiveness that we're so proud of. Jackson should be in the Hall of Fame and Weaver's name should be cleared.
The writing is superb. It gives us a good feel for the intensity surrounding a World Series, the world of gamblers and the world of sportswriters.Read more ›
So, to the book.
Eight Men Out tells the true story of eight players from the great Chicago White Sox team of 1919 who were thrown out of baseball forever - some of the players like Joe Jackson and Buck Weaver being at the peak of their talent - for allegedly conspiring to throw the World Series by taking bribes from gamblers. The America of the time, on the verge of prohibition, and baseball at the time , in the grip of millionaire mogul owners, is wonderfully described and gives a resonant backdrop to the lives and actions of the largely uneducated, naive ball players.
Asinof takes the reader through the conspiracy, describes beautifully the actual games in the World Series and reveals in a heart-breaking fashion how the players faced their eventual outcome. It is a cautionary tale of how it is so easy to make a rash decision without the full knowledge of consequences, how a machine - whether it be the underhand web spinning of lawyers or the high minded morals of the super rich can grind a man down and literally trample upon his field of dreams.
Sport even today is littered with stories of players and teams who have let their talent be used for the betterment of their bank role by finding themselves in league with professional gamblers and syndicates.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having read this I can't see how the court could find ban the players when there was not enough evidence,but it lets you know
who had an Iron grip on baseball at the time (the... Read more
wonderfully written story of a great sporting tragedy.a must for all baseball fans.Published on 18 Jan. 2004 by TONY
When you reach the end of this book you just can't help feeling sorry for the eight guys who compromised themselves so irrevocably when throwing the Wrold Series. Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2003