The headlines proclaimed the 1919 fix of the World Series and attempted cover-up as "the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America!" First published in 1963, Eight Men Out has become a timeless classic. Eliot Asinof has reconstructed the entire scene-by-scene story of the fantastic scandal in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation's leading gamblers to throw the Series in Cincinnati. Mr. 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 motives and backgrounds of the players and the conditions that made the improbable fix all too possible. Here, too, is a graphic picture of the American underworld that managed the fix, the deeply shocked newspapermen who uncovered the story, and the war-exhausted nation that turned with relief and pride to the Series, only to be rocked by the scandal. Far more than a superbly told baseball story, this is a compelling slice of American history in the aftermath of World War I and at the cusp of the Roaring Twenties.
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"The most thorough investigation of the Black Sox scandal on record ... A vividly, excitingly written book: "--"Chicago Tribune""Dramatic detail ... an admirable journalistic feat." --"The New York Times""As thrilling as a cops and robbers tome." --"The Boston Globe"About the Author:
Eliot Asinof was born in the year of the ill-fated World Series fix. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 1940, he played minor league baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He wrote numerous books and a variety of plays for television and motion pictures. He lived in Ancramdale, New York, in a house he built with his son.
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Book Description Henry Holt & Co, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0030206413
Book Description Henry Holt & Co, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0030206413
Book Description Holt, Rinehart and Winston. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0030206413 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0008190
Book Description Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110030206413