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Definition: Black Sox scandal from Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable

A scandal in the world of sport when in 1919 eight members of the Chicago White Sox, subsequently nicknamed the 'Black Sox', were accused of accepting bribes to lose the World Series that year to the Cincinnati Reds. The eight were acquitted through insufficient evidence but were later banned from baseball for life. See also Say it ain't so, Joe.


Summary Article: Black Sox scandal
from Britannica Concise Encyclopedia

U.S. baseball scandal, centring on the charge that eight members of the Chicago White Sox had been bribed to lose the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. Five of those accused admitted to a grand jury that they had thrown the series, but their signed confessions later disappeared. Although all eight players were acquitted in 1921, commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned them from playing for life.

Event: Black Sox scandal

Dates: 1919

Definition: scandal

Significance: bribery (law), World Series (baseball championship)

Keywords: World Series, bribery, Black Sox scandal, scandal

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