Much like the current PED Scandal, the infamous Black Sox Scandal of 1919 shocked and disillusioned fans of the sport nearly a century ago. Little by little, in this fashion, the story gets pieced together. The Gambler Arnold Rothstein(Boardwalk Empire) is a fascinating figure, as are the players, owners, and newsmen who are at the heart of this story. First published in 1963, Eight Men Out has become a timeless classic. The Eight Men Out (Film) Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by … The book and subsequent film Eight Men Out both portray one of the lowest points in professional sports in American history. Good narrative of the Black Sox scandal. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball, The Boys of Summer (Harperperennial Modern Classics), Fall from Grace: The Truth and Tragedy of "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It (Harper Perennial Modern Classics), Shoeless Joe: The Inspiration for FIELD OF DREAMS, The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O'Neil's America, Summer of '49 (Harper Perennial Modern Classics), One Man Out: Curt Flood versus Baseball (Landmark Law Cases & American Society), Indentured: The Battle to End the Exploitation of College Athletes, "As Jackson departed from the Grand Jury room, a small boy clutched at his sleeve and tagged along after him. As we have reached the hundredth anniversary of this event that shaped modern baseball, I felt that this was as good a time as any to read Asinof’s now classic story of baseball history. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1963). 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. May 1st 2000 After graduating from Swarthmore College in 1940, he played minor league baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies organization. It is based on Eliot Asinof’s book Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. It was a very easy read, the writing was superb and it all just flowed so smoothly. They were betrayed by the gamblers and at the end just wanted to clear their names. Narrative nonfiction at its best; a must for any baseball fan. I have watched the film countless times but had never read Eight Men Out, Eliot Asinof’s book that details the actual events in 1919 that lead to Jackson and his teammates’ banishment from Major League Baseball. Reading this book is a good way to understand how truly appalling some Americans' behavior was in the name of Capitalism before the Depression. 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. The best part for me was the middle section in which Asinof reconstructs the highlights of the actual games of the 1919 Series, but that's probably because it's February and I miss baseball. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. Good narrative of the Black Sox scandal. Sometimes the prose gets a little purple and I wish Asinof were more detailed about citing his information, but whatever because it's history meets baseball and I'm 100% here for it. This is a great book for those who love baseball and those who do not. The book and subsequent film Eight Men Out both portray one of the lowest points in professional sports in American history. by Holt Paperbacks, Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series. But the fans of the Chicago White Sox during the 1919 fix were not so lucky. This event in U.S. history is described in many books, and articles, but none as in depth and masterful as the book entitled Eight Men Out, The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series, by Eliot Asinof. An incredibly well researched, very well detailed book. But the fans of the Chicago White Sox during the 1919 fix were not so lucky. There’s no real explanation of why the players did what they did other than that it was accepted practice and they were either greedy or needed money. Marvel at how Rothstein, Atell and others got off scot free in this affair. Many recognize the term and know at least a little about the players or sporting event it infamously refers to, which arguably is one of the greatest scandals in the history of sports. Almost 100 years ago but still remembered. Closer to 4.5 but still incredible. Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series, Holt Paperbacks; 1st edition (May 1, 2000). Something went wrong. 'Say it ain't so, Joe, ' he pleaded. By Harry Gilroy Worldly wisdom began for many Americans when the baseball scandal broke in 1920. What other book might you compare Eight Men Out to and why? Highly recommended. We have new and used copies available, in 5 editions - starting at $0.99. It’s still probably the best introduction to the scandal. First published in 1963, Eight Men Out has become a timeless classic. Joey Sauser Beverley 2 June, 2014 Eight Men Out by Eliot Asinof Setting Characters Plot Summary "Shoeless" Joe Jackson Arnold Rothstein Hal Chase The Result "Chick" Ghandil He was an illiterate Southerner who was naturally talented. Popularly known as the Black Sox Scandal, it involved members of the Chicago White Sox baseball team allegedly taking money from gamblers in exchange for purposely losing the 1919 World Series. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Scene by scene, he 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. Far more than a superbly told baseball story, this compelling American drama will appeal to all those interested in the history of American popular culture. Eliot Asinof (1919–2008) Eliot Asinof. 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. The book moves along quickly with the known details at the time of writing. Reviewed in the United States on October 22, 2015. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published If this is middle-age, then, well, I love it. First published in 1963, Eight Men Out has become a timeless classic. Such, at any rate, is part of the message of Eliot Asinof’s book, As a baseball fan, I couldn’t help but read Eliot Asinof’s novel without thinking about the current state of baseball. Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2020. Full content visible, double tap to read brief content. Help others learn more about this product by uploading a video! The struggles and steps taken by the players and gamblers during the fix was packed into this intriguing book by Eliot Asinof. Buy Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series by Mr. Eliot Asinof online at Alibris. It’s still probably the best introduction to the scandal. Book: Near Fine/ $33.80 EIGHT MEN OUT; Author Signed. And with this one Shoeless Joe and Eddie Cicotte in particular. 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!" This book is essential baseball reading. Welcome back. What can be done to improve the integrity of the sport? Both of these oft-told tales and assumptions are addressed here in writer Eliot Asinof’s book “Eight Men Out”, and surprisingly, everything you thought you knew about the Black Sox will be turned inside out and tossed on its head! Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2021, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. He then isolated eight underpaid Chicago White Sox players who kindly agreed to throwing the world series for double then what they made all year. Very sad ending. The book moves along quickly with the known details at the time of writing. I read WP Kinsella's Shoeless Joe and the lesser known, but far superior in my opinion, The Iowa Baseball Confederacy some time back but I could never really get into the game. 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. The book does suffer a bit from a lack of analysis. “To Replogle, the players were victims. 'Say it ain't so.'". “Eight Men Out” is an oddly unfocused movie made of earth tones, sidelong glances and eliptic conversations. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. "Say it ain't so, Joe!" Eight Men Out tells the true story of eight players from the great Chicago White Sox team of 1919 who were thrown out of baseball forever - some of the players like Joe Jackson and Buck Weaver being at the peak of their talent - for allegedly conspiring to throw the World Series by taking bribes from gamblers. The owners poured out a stream of pious, pompous verbiage about how pure they were. For example, people would toss rocks at the outfielders trying to catch a fly ball if they had a bet on the game. Books of The Times. The novel upon which Sayles based his examination of baseball and capitalism is Eliot Asinof’s Eight Men Out and the moral foundation upon which the author draws parallels is the Bible. 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!" Mr. The story is about a New York gambler, Arnold Rothenstein that wanted t. The Major League Baseball World Series has been a celebrated event for decades. They were playing the Cincinnati Reds, who were the huge underdog. 02 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!" It tells the story of how the stars of the 1919 Chicago White Sox team took payoffs from gamblers to throw the World Series, but if you are not already familiar with that story you’re unlikely to understand it after seeing this film. Sometimes the prose gets a little purple and I wish Asinof were more detailed about citing his information, but whatever because it's history meets baseball and I'm 100% here for it. There is A LOT more to the story in the book than there was in the movie. I bought this book because I have loved the movie for decades, and decided to check the source material. Owners poured Out a stream of pious, pompous verbiage about how pure they betrayed. 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