Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Uncle Scoopy's Ballpark: The Black Sox, Part IV: Follow the Money

Uncle Scoopy's Ballpark: The Black Sox, Part IV: Follow the Money

How much money did the players get to throw the 1919 World Series, and which players got what?

Nobody really knows. I outline the possibilities, and I try to debunk the myths, but ultimately all we know for sure, perhaps all we will ever know, is that four players admitted to having received a total of $25,000 (Cicotte $10,000, Jackson $5,000, Felsch $5,000, Williams $5,000), and that poor ol' Buck Weaver has never been accused of taking a red cent.

What the other three players received will probably remain an eternal mystery, since they have long since finished strutting and fretting their hour on the stage. Gandil, Risberg and McMullin were the guiltiest of the guilty, the coldest of the cold, the hard guys who never broke, but they can neither stonewall nor betray us any longer, for they have moved on - to a place beyond guilt, where a soft, warm breeze is always blowing out toward center, carrying their secrets with it.

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