Crooked: A History of Cheating in Sports by Fran Zimniuch

By Fran Zimniuch

So long as humans have performed video games, there was a temptation to win (or deliberately lose) by way of dishonest. notorious instances during the heritage of game abound, from the "thrown" 1919 international sequence to the new doping confessions of music megastar Marion Jones. during this pleasing and informative e-book, activities historian Fran Zimniuch remembers the infamous scandals that experience tainted our hottest activities, concluding that such incidents are usually a mirrored image of the days. profiting from own interviews with many figures both keen on or at the outer edge of modern scandals, together with BALCO's Victor Conte, Crooked offers a festival of infamy as wealthy because the heritage of contemporary activities itself.

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2008 Chicago White Sox. 27 28 Crooked: A History of Cheating in Sports that still itched during the night. In an October 1949 Sport magazine article, as told to Furman Bisher, sportswriter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Shoeless Joe said, “I doubt if I would have gone back into baseball anyway, even if Judge Landis had reinstated me after the trial. I had a good valet business in Savannah Georgia with 22 people working for me and I had to look after it. “I thought when my trial was over that Judge Landis might have restored me to good standing.

That was all that Commissioner Landis needed to hear: that they knew of the fix. But considering some of the new millennium of scandals that continue to rock baseball up to the present day, it seems unfortunate that two players such as Jackson and Weaver, who got caught up in a bad situation, have not been forgiven and reinstated by baseball. They belong in the Hall of Fame. In a trial held in 1924 in which Happy Felsch, Swede Risberg, and Joe Jackson sued for back pay, their attorney, Ray Cannon, intended to use information about another, less well-known scandal from just two seasons before the World Series fix.

Much debate raged over whether Cincinnati’s record should be 65–0, or 64–0–1. While the Red Stockings didn’t lose that day, neither did John Morrissey, who orchestrated the farce to protect his bankroll. Whether the Haymakers lost is still a matter of debate today. In August 1877, the league-leading Louisville Grays had a disastrous road trip in which they lost seven games and tied one. Their particularly poor play made many suspicious of their motives. Those suspicions proved correct when one of the players involved confessed to throwing the games, and on October 30, 1877, Jim “Terror” Devlin, George “Gentleman George” Hall, Bill “Butcher” Craver, and Al “Slippery Elm” Nichols were expelled for life.

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