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Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series | [Eliot Asinof]

Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series

In 1919, American headlines proclaimed the fix and cover-up of the World Series as "the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America." In this painstaking review, Eliot Asinof has reconstructed the entire scene-by-scene story of the scandal, in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation’s leading gamblers to throw the series to Cincinnati. Asinof vividly describes the tense meetings, the hitches in the conniving, the actual plays in which the Series was thrown, the Grand Jury indictment, and the famous 1921 trial.
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Publisher's Summary

In 1919, American headlines proclaimed the fix and cover-up of the World Series as "the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America." In this painstaking review, Eliot Asinof has reconstructed the entire scene-by-scene story of the scandal, in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation’s leading gamblers to throw the series to Cincinnati. Asinof vividly describes the tense meetings, the hitches in the conniving, the actual plays in which the Series was thrown, the Grand Jury indictment, and the famous 1921 trial. Moving behind the scenes, he perceptively examines the backgrounds and motives of the players and the conditions that made the improbable fix all too possible. Far more than a superbly told baseball story, this compelling American drama will appeal to all those interested in American popular culture.

©1963 Eliot Asinof (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Dramatic detail…an admirable journalistic feat!" (New York Times)

"As thrilling as a cops and robbers tome!" (Boston Globe)

"The most thorough investigation of the Black Sox scandal on record…a vividly, excitingly written book." (Chicago Tribune)

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    What did you love best about Eight Men Out?

    The period of time the story takes place. The people that cause the tragedy to happen to them selves except maybe buck weaver and the dark Sydenham of how games could be fixed.


    What other book might you compare Eight Men Out to and why?

    I saw the movie and it was good but the book gives you much better insight.no book I have read compares with thi one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many but when shoeless joe is found to have given his depositin and took the money well that was the most painful scene.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It is a sad story about greed and loss of dignity and honor it did not make me cry but it is a tragedy


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    You do not have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this book it is a great story worth buying and litsoning to time and again

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    Tom Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada 03-17-14
    Tom Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada 03-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A true work of genius"
    What did you love best about Eight Men Out?

    The aura of the story.....the evil owner and his allstar team pf miscreants. Excellent work.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrative and narration were top shelf


    What about Harold N. Cropp’s performance did you like?

    His soft delivery and professional narration. Nothing forced or ginned up. Just perfect.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Naw, just a great work of history.


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    I'm not a baseball fan, bit I loved the intrigue. Wonderful.

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