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Turning the Black Sox White : the misunderstood legacy of Charles A. Comiskey
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Baseball players
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Chicago, Illinois - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
- United States
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-- 19th-20th century
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One of the great ironies of baseball's Black Sox scandal-in which eight members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox were found to have helped fix the World Series for gambling interests-is that team owner Charles Comiskey came out as one of the villains in the affair. If that tightfisted owner had only paid his players what they were worth, so the conventional wisdom goes, they wouldn't have been tempted to cheat in the first place. It is this characterization that Hornbaker (Legends of Pro Wrestling) wishes to correct. The book spends less time on the scandal than the title implies; it is really a comprehensive biography of Comiskey. Either way, it is engrossing and provides a much-needed reassessment of the man and his impact on the sport. Hornbaker makes a solid case for rehabilitating Comiskey's reputation. -VERDICT A worthy read for Black Sox buffs and baseball history fans, providing an antidote to the portrayals of Comiskey in Eight Men Out and other books on the scandal and the era.-Brett Rohlwing (BR), Milwaukee P.L. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Charles Albert "The Old Roman" Comiskey was a larger-than-life figure--a man who had precision in his speech and who could work a room with handshakes and smiles. While he has been vilified in film as a rotund cheapskate and the driving force, albeit unknowingly, behind the actions of the 1919 White Sox, who threw the World Series (nicknamed the "Black Sox" scandal), that statement is far from the truth.<br> <br> In his five decades involved in baseball, Comiskey loved the sport through and through. It was his passion, his life blood, and once he was able to combine his love for the game with his managerial skills, it was the complete package for him. There was no other alternative. He brought the White Sox to Chicago in 1900 and was a major influential force in running the American League from its inception.From changing the way the first base position was played, to spreading the concept of "small ball" as a manager, to incorporating the community in his team's persona while he was an owner, Comiskey's style and knowledge improved the overall standard for how baseball should be played.<br> <br> Through rigorous research from the National Archives, newspapers, and various other publications, Tim Hornbaker not only tells the full story of Comiskey's incredible life and the sport at the time, but also debunks the "Black Sox" controversy, showing that Comiskey was not the reason that the Sox threw the 1919 World Series.<br> <br> Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports--books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team.<br> <br> Whether you are a New York Yankees fan or hail from Red Sox nation; whether you are a die-hard Green Bay Packers or Dallas Cowboys fan; whether you root for the Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, UCLA Bruins, or Kansas Jayhawks; whether you route for the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, or Los Angeles Kings; we have a book for you. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. v
Introductionp. xiii
Chapter 1Baseball or Bustp. 1
Chapter 2The Northwestern League Championsp. 18
Chapter 3A Sensation in St. Louisp. 33
Chapter 4From Manager to Magnatep. 53
Chapter 5The Complexities of Ownershipp. 73
Chapter 6Birth of the American Leaguep. 87
Chapter 7Through Tragedy to Triumphp. 101
Chapter 8Brawls, Shootings, and Baseball Warp. 119
Chapter 9There's a Fish in Left Fieldp. 135
Chapter 10Seven Years of Bad Luckp. 153
Chapter 11Baseball Palace of the Worldp. 171
Chapter 12Circling the Globep. 189
Chapter 13No Longer the "Hitless Wonders"p. 206
Chapter 14The Happiest Man in Chicagop. 221
Chapter 15Baseball's Money Playersp. 238
Chapter 16An Unforgiveable Betrayalp. 261
Chapter 17Not Hearsay, but Legal Evidencep. 282
Chapter 18Unraveling the Conspiracyp. 300
Chapter 19A Sorrowful Aftermathp. 319
Chapter 20Setting the Record Straightp. 341
Acknowledgmentsp. 356
Sourcesp. 358
Indexp. 361
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