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Video of the 1919 World Series - Black Sox Scandal


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This is why the White Sox became my second favorite team in 1989.

After seeing the movie "Eight Men Out," I read the book, along with several other biographies of Shoeless Joe Jackson, did lots of research, and eventually became a Black Sox expert.

I actually called a man named Gardner Stern on the telephone just before he died in 1996 who lived in Chicago his entire life, and who was 16 years-old at the time of the fix. I spoke extensively with him about it (the 1919 World Series.)

Not only did this man (Gardner Stern) go to the games at the 1919 World Series, but he was actually at the first game ever at the original Comiskey Park in 1910. 

That's correct. He was 6 and-a-half years old in April of 1910, and he saw the White Sox christen their new stadium. ) O.o

And, who were the White Sox' opponent in their very first game ever in the original Comiskey Park in 1910 ???

None other than our American cousin, the St. Louis Browns.  :cool:

 

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Kid Gleason was born 148 years ago, today.

Kid Gleason is now mainly known as the manager of the Black Sox, but for a long time I only knew him as the pitcher-turned-second baseman of the 1890s Orioles. He was a better pitcher than hitter, but hurt his arm with the Orioles in '95* and just kind of slid over and became their second baseman. In a 22-year career he had 8.9 rWAR as a position player/hitter, but 31 wins as a pitcher.

* I say he hurt his arm in '95, but it may have been accumulated mileage. At 23 he had a 38-win, 505-inning season with the Phillies but slowly declined afterwards.

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