THE BLACK SOX
In 1919, the Chicago White Sox shocked fans and the whole nation when they essentially threw the 1919 World Series in exchange for money. The first suspicions regarding the scandal arose in the first game, after an uncharacteristically bad performance of the heavily favored White Sox athletes.
As it turned out, eight members of the team accepted a bribe - as much
as $100,000 (about $1.4 million today) - to deliberately lose in favor of the
After a grand jury investigated the scandalous allegations, the crooked players, dubbed the ‘Black Sox’ for their shady actions, were indicted for nine counts of conspiracy. “I don’t know why I did it,” pitcher Eddie Cicotte told the grand jury. “I needed the money. I had a wife and kids.” He and the rest of the Black Sox were banned from playing major league baseball for life.
Clancy's comment: Mm ... and two Aussie cricketers only got two years for cheating!