Eight Men Out

The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series
Narrated by: Harold N. Cropp
Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (185 ratings)

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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Good read. Told from the eyes of that time.

Told from the 1919 perspective and not a look back. Enjoyed it very much and would recommend to anyone who loves history, sports, or both.

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An American tragedy

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

Any additional comments?

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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Very slow, hard time keeping my attention

As a fan of not only baseball, but the history of the game, I was hoping to enjoy this audiobook much more than I did. And though Asinof’s account was detailed and at times compelling, it dragged on, as did Cropp’s narration. I rarely - if ever - say this, but I’d see the movie instead.

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Knocked it out of the park

This is a really interesting story, it's got a lot of baseball history which even I found interesting not being a huge fan of the sport. The narration is a bit dry at times, I found myself zoning out, but I don't think I missed anything - in that way I guess it is sort of like the game itself.

I recommend this for baseball fans obviously but also for history fans.

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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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Very interesting and sad.

What an absolutely abhorrent flight for those young athletes. Taken advantage of for the lack of education and their naïveté. They never had a chance. What is sick and avaricious old man Comiskey was. Absolutely no honor.

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Black Sox Explained with Sorrow and Regret

Eight baseball players arrived on the national stage to throw the outcome of the 1919 World Series and ruin their lives in baseball history. The tale is a details painful loss of individual talents, the Joe Jackson Hall of Fame tragedy, and the drama's inevitable implication for ownership rights and player pay as the Babe Ruth era begins. Never did these eight players realize their on-field desperate actions -- with the underground strangers they bargained away their peace of mind and future -- would be judged so thoroughly in court and by public opinion for decades to come.

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Excellent account. Still, see the John Sayles film

Would you listen to Eight Men Out again? Why?

Not really, I know the story inside out by now. In fact, I'd watched the John Sayles film of the same name (a masterpiece, in my opinion, notwithstanding Jon Cusack's questionable athletic skills). And I've also read The Betrayal, a more recent book on the subject.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Eight Men Out?

I'll say that it was the detailed accounts of the fix by the players, which were not fully fleshed out in the film. In particular, there are quotes from Hap Felsch, Joe Jackson and others which, understandably, would have run the film too long. The one advantage to the book is that there is a deeper understanding of the motivations of the players, beyond the acrimony towards Comiskey.

Have you listened to any of Harold N. Cropp’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't believe so, though it was fine. Only at times does he descend into the campy voice such as he does in the sample when he reads quotes about Arnold Rothstein being a mouse in a doorway waiting for his cheese. There is some of that, but not too much.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not moved, but it surprised me that the actual adjudication of the suspension took much longer (over an entire season) than I'd previously known.

Any additional comments?

As I mentioned, it was a good story, well told, but still, the film is masterpiece for baseball fans.

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Thoroughly reasearched

As a long time baseball fan I've always heard about this book but I don't actually tend to read sporting books. Also I enjoyed the peak into the era. But I think this is a classic baseball story and included a lot of details that pretty much incriminate baseball ownership.

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Eight Men Out

Interesting story! I've heard of the 1919 fix and even watched the movie but hearing the book brings it all together. This book doesn't draw you in and hold you on the edge of your seat but if you enjoy knowing of this great country's past, read it! I didn't so much like the narrator though. I think there are others that could hold your interest in the book better.