Say It Ain’t So, Joe


A hundred years ago, yesterday, the World Series opened, like it does every October. But this one was different, in 1919 the Chicago White Sox (forever remembered as The Black Sox) threw the series because of ties with gamblers. Harry Stein has an excellent account of the scandal at City Journal. Do by all means read it. I learned a lot I had never heard about it, and some insight on why it happened, and why it still matters.

Paul Mirengoff at Powerline has some things to add as well.

First, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, the biggest star among the Black Sox, batted .375 in this World Series. At the plate, he went 12 for 32 with a home run and drove in 6 runs in 8 games. His OPS was .957 (not bad for the “dead ball era”). This was better than his offensive performance in the 1917…

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