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The Resource The betrayal : the 1919 World Series and the birth of modern baseball, Charles Fountain

The betrayal : the 1919 World Series and the birth of modern baseball, Charles Fountain

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The betrayal : the 1919 World Series and the birth of modern baseball
Title
The betrayal
Title remainder
the 1919 World Series and the birth of modern baseball
Statement of responsibility
Charles Fountain
Title variation
1919 World Series and the birth of modern baseball
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Even in an era when gambling was an integral and accepted part of baseball, it created a scandal for which America's pastime was unprepared and from which it has yet to recover. In 1919, eight Chicago White Sox players (including the already-legendary "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and Buck Weaver) were accused of throwing the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. The White Sox were the heavy favorite; when they lost the Series five games to three, rumors immediately circulated that it had been rigged. Matters simmered until a year later, when a general investigation into baseball gaming reopened the case, and the truth-- such as it could be surmised-- emerged. In The Betrayal, Charles Fountain retells one of the greatest stories in sports history, one riddled with mythologies, misprisions, and distortions that have accumulated and compounded over the years. Going back to tthe gambling culture surrounding the game in the days of World War I, Fountain explores ... the events that led up to the 1919 World Series, when the players, all hopelessly underpaid by White Sox owner Charles Comiskey, succumbed to the promise-- never fulfileld-- of $20,000 each from gamblers reportedly working for New York mobster Arnold Rothstein. The testimony damned the players, even as the jury trail that followed exonerated them. But by then it was too late. Realizing that the scandal could hurt business, the team owners recruited Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis to oversee the game, relinquishing control in order to launch a cleansing of the sport-- and a return to profits. Landis banished the players for life, refusing to budge from his view that they were the sole guilty party, and ignoring the owners' complicity through dictatrial control over players' lives, the hypocrisy of any accusions of gamibling, and the impossibility of proving that a fix had ever even taken place. Perception was everything. The role of baseball commissioner became more significant, and the sport moved away from its association with gamblers and fixers. As reforms took hold, the American attitude toward the pastime eventually changed and the country entered "The Golden Age of Sport."" --
Assigning source
JAcket
Biography type
contains biographical information
Dewey number
796.35709773/1109041
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
  • photographs
Index
index present
LC call number
GV875.C58
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The betrayal : the 1919 World Series and the birth of modern baseball, Charles Fountain
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Black Sox were only a part of it -- "Honorable Joes" -- The Prince of Fixers -- Baseball at war -- Brothers and enemies -- The conversations -- Losing the Series -- The end of the Series -- The cover-up begins -- The newspapers try to figure it out -- "It Ain't True, Is It Joe?" -- The Judge -- Judgment -- Timeless Joe -- Epilogue
Control code
sky274837766
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 290 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780199795130
Lccn
2015010575
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
2015010575
Other physical details
illustrations, photos
Label
The betrayal : the 1919 World Series and the birth of modern baseball, Charles Fountain
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Black Sox were only a part of it -- "Honorable Joes" -- The Prince of Fixers -- Baseball at war -- Brothers and enemies -- The conversations -- Losing the Series -- The end of the Series -- The cover-up begins -- The newspapers try to figure it out -- "It Ain't True, Is It Joe?" -- The Judge -- Judgment -- Timeless Joe -- Epilogue
Control code
sky274837766
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 290 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780199795130
Lccn
2015010575
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
2015010575
Other physical details
illustrations, photos

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