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The 1919 World Series resulted in the most famous scandal in baseball history Eight players from the Chicago White Sox later nicknamed the Black Sox were accused of throwing the series against the Cincinnati Reds The eight players involved in this scandal included pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Claude Lefty Williams the great Shoeless Joe Jackson infielders Buck Weaver Fred McMullin Arnold Chick Gandil and Charles Swede Risberg and outfielder Oscar Happy Felsch The two men who thought up the scandal were William Thomas Burns who was an ex-major league pitcher and was the connection to the players and Billy Maharg who was the gambler with the connections underground These two men first talked to two players of the White Sox Pitcher Ed Cicotte and First Baseman Arnold Gandil about fixing the Series They realized that it would take more than just two men on the team to create a proper fix After talking to a few more teammates thats when the other six players joined in on the scandal The gamblers bet nearly half a million dollars on the Reds which would give the eight players 100000 to split between each of them That meant that each player would be getting a years worth of pay They didnt care that this was illegal they didnt think anyone would ever find out The scandal was a success even with the other 17 players the eight teammates were able to lose and make it look as if they played their best Although everything worked perfectly few people that took part in the scandal talked which started rumors Finally the eight players dubbed the Black Sox were indicated Despite being acquitted of criminal chargers the players were banned from professional baseball for life
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