BLACK SOX — Chapter Three: "The Bankroll"

8/21/19

As the regular season winds down, the talk of a World Series fix heats up. Chicago White Sox players meet with two sets of gamblers and name a price to lose the Series. The gamblers weave a complicated web to raise the money before the Series begins.

One group secures the help of the biggest gambler of them all, Arnold Rothstein. On the eve of Game One, the deal is done and everyone waits to see if the players will go through with the fix…

Special thanks to the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee for assistance in this production.

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BLACK SOX — Chapter Two: "A Turbulent Year"

8/14/19

The early 20th century was a time of great upheaval around the world. In America, race riots and bombings and the fear of Communism sweep across the country, and baseball secures its position as the nation’s past time. Walter Johnson, Ty Cobb and the other stars of the Deadball Era rise to prominence and fans flock to stadiums to watch them play.

The Chicago White Sox navigate the 1919 season and by the end of the year, they are on the verge of a World Series berth. Behind the scenes, some of the players begin to discuss the possibility of a big payday during the Series, much bigger than the bonuses they would earn for participating in the event.

Special thanks to the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee for assistance in this production.

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BLACK SOX — Chapter One: "The Glory Days"

8/7/19

Baseball’s progression from an amateur activity to a professional sport is full of great stories. Hear about the myths and legends of early baseball; the pioneers and the inventors; the moguls and the superstars.

And the gamblers.

It all leads to the formation of 1919 Chicago White Sox and sets in motion the elements of one of the most infamous scandals in baseball history.

Special thanks to the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee for assistance in this production.

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BLACK SOX — Prologue

7/31/19

It's been 100 years since the most infamous event in baseball history. In 1919, a group of Chicago White Sox players conspired to lose the World's Series. This the story of legendary players like Shoeless Joe Jackson; baseball moguls like Charles Comiskey; and ruthless gamblers like Arnold Rothstein.

This is the true story of "Eight Men Out."

Special thanks to the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee for assistance in this production.

SOURCES

“Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox,” edited by Jacob Pomrenke. Society For American Baseball Research, 2015.

“Rothstein,” by David Pietrusza. Carroll & Graf, 2003.

“The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History,” by John M. Barry. Penguin Books, 2005.

Biographies of players, coaches, managers and officials: SABR.org

Baseball statistics: baseball-reference.com