The Chicago “Black Sox” Trial 1921

The Chicago “Black Sox” Trial 1921
“Shoeless” Joe Jackson was one of the players from the 1919 Chicago White Sox banned from baseball for life. | The Chicago “Black Sox” Trial 1921

The Chicago “Black Sox” Trial 1921

In 1921, the Black Sox trial – baseball’s Trial of the Century — took place. The Chicago White Sox were charged with conspiring to manipulate the 1919 World Series, which the much favored Sox lost to the Cincinnati Reds, along with some of the gamblers who bribed them.

For six weeks in the summer of 1921, baseball’s fallen heroes gathered in a Chicago courtroom to await their fate, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, one of the game’s best pure hitters. Their criminal trial generated front-page news all around the country. Today, it’s unusual to see an athlete’s transgressions, whether on or off the field, be completely investigated by the judicial system.

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