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The 1919 World Series and The Black Sox The Black Soxs team of 1919 is going to be remembered as the most infamous baseball team of the century if not of all time They will never be remembered as the great ball club that they were with a talented player at every position A few would have surely been enshrined in Cooperstown However because of this scandal they were all banished from the game they loved and the only thing that they knew The Sox-Reds World Series not only led to the downfall of 8 men but the mighty White Sox The city of Chicago was of whirlwind of joy and excitement when their Sox returned from an East Coast trip During their trip the Sox clinched the American League pennant and were headed to the World Series All Season long the Sox swept through competition and nothing less was expected in the Series To the people of Chicago the White Sox were a joyous relief from the turbulent times of the past few years World War I was concluding and Wilson was lobbying for his League of Nations Nothing though came before the Sox though The Sox were front-page news and Wilson and the rest of the nations problems took a back seat to them However their joy was going to be short lived Betting and Baseball since the beginning walked hand in hand When the ball players became organized and paid in 1871 professional gamblers moved in Baseball began a rapid decline of corruption and bribery However organized ball matured and by 1917 it became the biggest entertainment business in America Then when America joined the World War in 1917 and the racetracks were closed gamblers needed a new place to hang out Baseball became their new venue and they operated day and night getting to know the players and ultimately moving up into societys higher circles Inevitably they began
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