Called the Black Sox Scandal, the uproar occurred when it became known that eight members of the White Sox organized the World Series “fix” with a gambling syndicate associated with Arnold Rothstein.
Back then, the Series played nine games. With the Series standing at 4-3 in favor of Cincinnati, the last game was played on October 9, 1919 with the Sox losing to the Reds 10-5.
All eight players, including Shoeless Joe, were banned from the Major Leagues for life. While many appealed the ban, including Joe, no quarter was granted by Baseball Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis, an ex-federal judge.
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