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Youve probably heard of the Chicago Black Sox scandal but dont know what its about In the 1919 World Series eight players took money from gamblers to fix the Series so that the Cincinnati Reds would win That act would start the controversy of baseballs now shaky reputation the end of Shoeless Joe Jacksons should-be hall of fame career and the most famous scandal in baseball history History Files Chicago Black Sox p1 Baseball was struggling for survival in the pre-Babe Ruth era Players were promised bonuses but mostly were left with empty wallets Such is NOT the case today Baseball needed some new type of flair that would attract America to it despite its bad reputation at the time World War I was already making all the headlines but the last thing baseball needed was something like this Once the Black Sox scandal was brought up to the surface it banished all players involved and hired Federal Judge Kenesaw M Landis as commissioner of baseball The owners gave him unlimited power to control the game He ruled strictly until his death in 1944 Feller Bob World Book p 97 It was more like a dictatorship if baseball would have had a Players Union like it does today a strike most definitely would have occurred Jackson grew up in Greenville South Carolina a town where the men women and children worked in cotton mills Shoeless Joe Jackson p 1 When Joe was just 13 years old he started operation at the identical cotton mill his father and brother worked While growing up in Greenville Joe soon became a local legend People came from all over to see this talented kid play ball He was soon drafted and in the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox He started his career off a little shaky but was soon a star leading the Sox to the World Series in 1919 Jackson was just
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