Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series Read Online Free - The headlines proclaimed the 1919 fix of the World Series and attempted cover-up as "the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America!" First published in 1963, Eight Men Out has become a timeless classic. Eliot Asinof has reconstructed the entire scene-by-scene story of the fantastic scandal in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation's leading gamblers to throw the Series in Cincinnati. Mr. 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 motives and backgrounds of the players and the conditions that made the improbable fix all too possible. Here, too, is a graphic picture of the American underworld that managed the fix, the deeply shocked newspapermen who uncovered the story, and the war-exhausted nation that turned with relief and pride to the Series, only to be rocked by the scandal. Far more than a superbly told baseball story, this is a compelling slice of American history in the aftermath of World War I and at the cusp of the Roaring Twenties.
|Title||:||Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
March 19, 2018
"Who is he, an actor?"
"No, he's a gambler." Gatsby hesitated, then added coolly: "He's the man who fixed the World Series back in 1919."
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
This is a TOP TEN book in my baseball library.
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April 23, 2016
Excellent account of the famed "Black Sox". Too bad that a few bad apples spoiled the game for some excellent athletes forever.
June 19, 2013
As a baseball fan, I couldn’t help but read Eliot Asinof’s novel without thinking about the current state of baseball. Baseball, in recent years, has taken quite a hit (sorry for the pun) with its battle over steroids and performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). As the sport probes further into this s...
February 03, 2012
This is the kind of nonfiction read I love, a book about an iconic incident you think you know something about. "Say it ain't so, Joe!" That's pretty much what I knew of the "Black Sox" baseball scandal.
Everything I thought I knew about the throwing of the 1919 World Series turns out to be wrong....
October 18, 2017
Love baseball and loved this book. If you like baseball then this is the book for you.
October 29, 2012
The Major League Baseball World Series has been a celebrated event for decades. Hundreds of thousands crowd around their TV to watch America’s pastime or if they are if they are lucky enough get to watch the game first hand. But the fans of the Chicago White Sox during the 1919 fix were not so lu...
March 19, 2013
Eight Men Out (the movie) was one of my favorite baseball movies, so I thought I'd listen to the audio book. There is A LOT more to the story in the book than there was in the movie. It is interesting how gambling really controlled baseball back in the beginning of the sports. For example, people...
August 15, 2017
A perfect book. Much more then a baseball book---a history of an amazing labor dispute that ended with the throwing of the 1919 World Series. Amazingly, the crooked players come off as the most sympathetic characters in the story. The baseball owners and the big time gamblers were the only "winne...
December 18, 2015
Very detailed, but incredibly interesting for this historian and baseball enthusiast.
December 27, 2017
What do you think of when the phrase “Black Sox” is mentioned? Many recognize the term and know at least a little about the players or sporting event it infamously refers to, which arguably is one of the greatest scandals in the history of sports. When pressed further, the casual baseball observe...