Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series

By Eliot Asinof
Read by Harold N. Cropp

11.43 Hours 07/01/1997 unabridged
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In 1919, American headlines proclaimed the fix and cover-up of the World Series as “the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America.” In this painstaking review, Eliot Asinof has reconstructed the entire scene-by-scene story of the scandal, in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation’s leading gamblers to throw the series to Cincinnati. Asinof vividly describes the tense meetings, the hitches in the conniving, the actual plays in which the Series was thrown, the Grand Jury indictment, and the famous 1921 trial. Moving behind the scenes, he perceptively examines the backgrounds and motives of the players and the conditions that made the improbable fix all too possible. Far more than a superbly told baseball story, this compelling American drama will appeal to all those interested in American popular culture.

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Summary

Summary

In 1919, American headlines proclaimed the fix and cover-up of the World Series as “the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America.” In this painstaking review, Eliot Asinof has reconstructed the entire scene-by-scene story of the scandal, in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation’s leading gamblers to throw the series to Cincinnati. Asinof vividly describes the tense meetings, the hitches in the conniving, the actual plays in which the Series was thrown, the Grand Jury indictment, and the famous 1921 trial. Moving behind the scenes, he perceptively examines the backgrounds and motives of the players and the conditions that made the improbable fix all too possible. Far more than a superbly told baseball story, this compelling American drama will appeal to all those interested in American popular culture.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Dramatic detail…an admirable journalistic feat!” New York Times
“As thrilling as a cops and robbers tome!” Boston Globe
“The most thorough investigation of the Black Sox scandal on record…a vividly, excitingly written book.” Chicago Tribune

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Author

Author Bio: Eliot Asinof

Eliot Asinof was born in the year of the ill-fated World Series fix. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 1940, he played minor league baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He has written numerous books and a variety of plays for television and motion pictures. He lives in Ancramdale, New York, in a house he built with his son.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Runtime: 11.43
Audience: Adult
Language: English