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The 1919 Chicago White Sox had Eddie Cicotte and Lefty Williams superb pitchers And slick-fielding Chick Gandil at first base and workhorse Buck Weaver at third And outfielder Shoeless Joe Jackson The White Sox were to put it simply the best team money could buy And it got bought Led by Gandil who rounded up Cicotte Williams Weaver Jackson shortstop Swede Risberg outfielder Oscar Happy Felsch and utility player Fred McMullin Chicago threw the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds There was good reason the Sox were susceptible to the lure of quick money They were among the American Leagues best players but Charles Comiskey paid most of them no more than the worst The promised bonus for winning the 1917 pennant was a case of cheap champagne Before the 1919 season Comiskey promised Cicotte an extra 10000 if he won 30 games When Cicotte reached 29 Comiskey benched him Player resentment was rampant On Sept 18 the World Series fix was hatched in Gandils room in Bostons Hotel Buckminster when he summoned bookmaker-gambler Joseph Sport Sullivan and told him I think we can put it in the bag Gandil asked for 80000 later raised to 100000 He approached the bitter Cicotte who said hed go along for 10000 up front Gandil also sold the idea to Williams and Risberg McMullin overheard Gandil and asked in Weaver apparently sat in on some meetings but refused to participate Jackson insisted that when Gandil offered him 10000 and even when he doubled it he refused to go along Gandil supposedly told Jackson to take it or leave it because the fix was in anyway Gandil may have lied and said Shoeless Joe was part of the scheme essential since Jackson was the star of the team Gandil was told hed be paid before the first game But Sullivan didnt have that kind of money He brought in other gamblers
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