This year marks the 100th anniversary of the infamous Black Sox Scandal that resulted in the indictments of eight White Sox players, including Pottstown shortstop Buck Weaver, writes Jeremy Freeborn for The Sports Daily.
The 1919 World Series was between the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds. It was only the second World Series that required the victor to win five instead of the traditional four games.
However, this was soon overshadowed by the indictments of White Sox players for attempting to fix the games.
The players involved in the scandal were frustrated after not receiving bonuses by the team’s owner. They were then accused of trying to lose their World Series games in exchange for money from a gambling syndicate.
The White Sox lost five games to three.
While the players were found not guilty as confessions mysteriously disappeared, all eight were banned from organized baseball by commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis.
Landis then remained steadfast in his decision and rejected all requests for the players’ reinstatement.
White Sox, the winners of the 1917 World Series, did not win another World Series until 2005.
Read more about the scandal at The Sports Daily by clicking here.