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"Say it ain't so, Joe," The Chicago Black Sox Scandal of 1919

This course will delve into the 'Black Sox' Scandal, which arose out of allegations that eight Chicago White Sox players had conspired with gamblers to "throw" the 1919 World Series. Clearly players were in league with gamblers and received some money, but it has never been clear which players or which gamblers. In addition to lecture and discussion, we will view the dramatic but flawed movie, Eight Men Out, to focus on these ambiguities. The course will also examine the structure of major league baseball and the gambling culture that existed during World War I and before. Note: This course does not meet on Thursday, November 22.

Instructor Bio:

John Watterson grew up in the Cleveland area, taught history of sport in America for fourteen years at JMU. He has published widely in sports history, chiefly on the history of college football. He won the Albemarle Historical Society's Rawlins Prize in 1995 for his article, "Youth and Memory, the Death of Archer Christian and the Crusade to Reform College Football."

Recommended Reading:

Fountain, Charles, The Betrayal, the 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball. Asinof, Eliot, Eight Men Out, the Black Sox and the 1919 World Series. Nathan, Daniel A., Saying It's So, A Cultural History of the Black Sox Scandal.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
B403 John Watterson Nov 8, 15, 29, Dec 6 Th 1:00-2:30 p.m. Homewood Suites WL

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