1919 World Series Essay

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From the beginning of time, greed and money has motivated man above all else. It seems that in the day that we live in, there is corruption and foul-play everywhere. I sometimes here my grandparents say that back when they were kids they didn’t have to worry about crime and everyone did right naturally. I found this to be as untrue as I researched the greatest sports scandal of all time, The 1919 World series. Corruption, money, greed, power, and even organized crime were major factors in this landmark game of 1919. This proves that even America’s pastime had it’s lowest point.
          Heading into the Series of 1919, the White Sox were considered the best team of the 20th
century.
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He approached the bitter Cicotte, who said he'd go along for $10,000 up front. Gandil also sold the idea to Williams and Risberg. McMullin overheard Gandil and asked if he could join the conspiracy . Weaver apparently sat in on some meetings but refused to participate. Gandil was told he'd be paid before the first game. But Sullivan didn't have that kind of money. He brought in other gamblers and, through them, the alleged gangster, Arnold Rothstein. It was said he would bet on anything he could fix. Rothstein provided most of he money. The night before Game 1 in the best-of-9 Series (an experiment that ended after three seasons), Cicotte found $10,000 under a pillow in his hotel room, he was the only player that was paid up front, due to the fact that he was the pitcher and therefore the most important.

     Cicotte was hammered 9-1 by the Reds. The players were promised a sum of money for losing Game 1, they were told that it was out on the bets. Despite not getting their money the players agreed to throw Game 2. Williams lost the game for the juggernaut White Sox 4-2. That night, Gandil demanded the $40,000 he and his teammates were owed. He was given only
$10,000, a fraction of what was promised and owed to the team. The players felt betrayed and began to think about playing to win. They won the third game 3-0 when rookie Dickie Kerr pitched a three-hitter. This act got the Rothstein

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