The Honor in Winning the Game

             There are many incidents in American History where the people broke laws and felt that what they did was justified. Some of these people were never punished, but some others, who had to break the law to make money to survive, were punished. A perfect example of this is the Black Sox Scandal. The Black Sox Scandal is probably one of the biggest examples that proved that baseball was not a clean game. Even to this day its effects on Major League Baseball can be seen. The Black Sox Scandal is an incident in which a group of baseball players broke the law, and felt that what they did was perfectly justified.

             The Chicago White Sox was one of the dominant teams in the year nineteen-nineteen. One would wonder why these rich baseball players would participate in a scandal. However, in reality, the players of the Chicago White Sox were not rich. Their owner, Charles Comiskey, paid the players far below any other winning team. This is probably the main factor that compelled several players to take part in the scandal. The whole idea of a fix started when two gamblers, William Burns and Billy Maharg, approached two White Sox players. These two players were Ed Cicotte and Arnold Gandil. They agreed, and they also pulled in some other players. Of these players were Lefty Williams, Happy Felsch, Swede Risberg, Buck Weaver, Fred McMullin, and Joe Jackson. The two gamblers realized that in order to pay off eight men they would need more money. So, they went to several people for loans. After obtaining the money, which summed up to about one million dollars, the gamblers put all the money on bets. They agreed to pay the players one hundred thousand dollars to split. .

             So, the players lost Game One. The White Sox also lost Game Two. After Game Two, Gandil demanded that the gamblers pay them. He demanded forty thousand but was given ten thousand. After this incident the players felt that they were tricked and they started thinking about playing to win.

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