Academic journal article Base Ball

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Base Ball

Editor's Note

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In this special, single-topic issue, Base Ball explores the signal affair at the end point of its jurisdiction: the Black Sox scandal. Given treatments available elsewhere, our contributors do not revisit such familiar controversies as whether or not Joe Jackson played to win during the 1919 Fall Classic or the fairness of Buck Weaver's banishment from the game. Rather, they examine neglected aspects of the Black Sox affair, supplying both fresh insight and a wealth of scandal-related information, much of which will come as news even to longtime Black Sox aficionados.

The exploration begins with Jacob Pomrenke's vivid account of a gambler-instigated riot at Fenway Park, a little-known but revelatory incident from June 1917 that reflects the pervasiveness of gambling at major league ballparks prior to the Chicago scandal. By means of only recently available salary data, Bob Hoie definitively resolves the question of whether the 1919 White Sox were underpaid by club owner Charles Comiskey; along the way, he shows how this notion took root in baseball circles. The contemporaneous scandal in the 1919 Pacific Coast League pennant race and the precedent established by league handling of that affair are comprehensively treated in an article by Larry Gerlach. …

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