Tragedy Hits Baseball, The Chicago White Sox Gambling Fix
Baseball is considered America’s pastime; it is as American as apple pie. It is the one major team sport that plays with no clock counting down how much time is left in the game. Families flock to ballparks every summer to see the green fields, eat hotdogs and peanuts, and bring their gloves with hopes of getting a chance to catch a ball hit into the stands. Baseball has a song that is sung during the middle of the seventh inning by everyone at the park regardless of what team they are rooting for. It is a sport loved by many.
However, if you were to ask somebody today what baseball is about you will get many responses. Some people will say good things about the sport but many will today say things like steroids, overpaid players, and cheating is what the game is now about. While baseball has many positive sides of it there are also a few flaws to the game. Lockouts by greedy players and owners, Pete Rose betting on the team that he managed, and the introduction of performance enhancing drugs into the game are a few of the dark clouds that has kept baseball from becoming bigger than what it is today. However, possibly the first, and perhaps biggest, major scandal the sport has ever seen took place in 1919 during the World Series when the Chicago White Sox played the Cincinnati Reds for the championship. That series is notorious due to the fact that eight members of the Chicago White Sox team were accused of intentionally losing games in exchange for money from gamblers. The series started out as a few gamblers trying to get rich, and turned into one of the biggest and darkest events in baseball history. It was another jolt to a nation in turmoil and made the American people lose faith in the game they loved. The players, conspirators, gamblers, accomplices and everyone involved are dead but the controversy rages on.
Charles Comiskey purchased the Chicago White Sox in the year 1900 and owned them...