The Black Sox Scandal

By Rashaun "Big Money" LoGaglio

The Black Sox Scandal From the View of Arnold Gandil

Arnold Gandil told Melvin Durslag that 'Sport' Sullivan was willing to pay each player $10,000 to throw the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. However, only one of the players received the promised ten thousand dollars and, content with his money, threw the games while the players that never received their money tried their hardest to win the games. In the end, however, the White Sox still ended up losing the World Series 5-3.

Eddie Cicotte's Role

When Arthur Rubenstein paid the players of the White Sox $10,000 up front to throw the World Series, Eddie Cicotte, one of the pitchers for the White Sox, kept the money and pitched only fastballs to the players of the Cincinnati Reds, which allowed the Reds to gain an early lead in many of the games. Even with Cicotte pitching only fastballs, the other players tried to rally and win the games, which they managed to do for the fourth and fifth games.

Some of the Players From the Scandal

The Trial of the Players

In August 1921, a jury found the accused conspirators innocent. However, the players were still banned from playing baseball for the rest of their lives even though only one of them received the promised $10,000 to throw the World Series. The main player of the Black Sox Scandal was Eddie Cicotte, who was essentially the only person to be paid $10,000. Everybody else that was involved in the scandal were not able to be proven to be associated with the plan to throw the World Series.