Project Description

Infamous America | Season 2 – Black Sox

The story of the most infamous scandal in American sports history: the conspiracy to fix the 1919 World’s Series.

BLACK SOX — Chapter Eight: Mike Nola Interview

9/25/19

Mike Nola is the official historian of the Shoeless Joe Jackson virtual Hall of Fame at BlackBetsy.com. He relates stories of the most famous member of the Black Sox in a free wheelin’ interview that chronicles Joe’s life and career. In addition, he talks about the Shoeless Joe film that is moving through the pipeline in Hollywood.

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Special thanks to the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee for assistance in this production.
For unique conversations with the top executives, coaches, athletes and media personalities in sports — people like Mark Cuban, Jeanie Buss, Damian Lillard, Pete Caroll, Chris Evert and Tom Rinaldi — download the award-winning Sports Business Radio podcast on iTunes and Spotify.
Each week Brian Berger goes one-on-one with the biggest names in sports and business and you’re sure to learn something insightful on each and every episode. With a library of interviews dating back to 2007, Sports Business Radio is like a master class, where you’ll learn from the best of the best.

BLACK SOX — Chapter Seven: Jacob Pomrenke Interview

9/18/19

Jacob Pomrenke is the chairman of the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research committee. He separates fact from fiction in an interview that dissects the most prominent myths of the Black Sox scandal.
Special thanks to the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee for assistance in this production.

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For unique conversations with the top executives, coaches, athletes and media personalities in sports — people like Mark Cuban, Jeanie Buss, Damian Lillard, Pete Caroll, Chris Evert and Tom Rinaldi — download the award-winning Sports Business Radio podcast on iTunes and Spotify.
Each week Brian Berger goes one-on-one with the biggest names in sports and business and you’re sure to learn something insightful on each and every episode. With a library of interviews dating back to 2007, Sports Business Radio is like a master class, where you’ll learn from the best of the best.

BLACK SOX — Chapter Six: “Eight Men Out”

9/11/19

The scandal crashes down on eight Chicago White Sox players and 10 gamblers. The criminal trial is a fiasco, though it ends well for the defendants. But the new commissioner of baseball is not beholden to the courts and he levies the ultimate punishment against the players.
After years of failed appeals, the players must make new lives for themselves. Most play with outlaw teams across the country while three former teammates in Chicago enjoy Hall of Fame careers. And the story ends with a memorable reunion of the two of the greatest hitters of all time.

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Special thanks to the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee for assistance in this production.
For unique conversations with the top executives, coaches, athletes and media personalities in sports — people like Mark Cuban, Jeanie Buss, Damian Lillard, Pete Caroll, Chris Evert and Tom Rinaldi — download the award-winning Sports Business Radio podcast on iTunes and Spotify.
Each week Brian Berger goes one-on-one with the biggest names in sports and business and you’re sure to learn something insightful on each and every episode. With a library of interviews dating back to 2007, Sports Business Radio is like a master class, where you’ll learn from the best of the best.

BLACK SOX — Chapter Five “Say It Ain’t So”

9/4/19

After the World Series, Major League Baseball experiences an offseason of turmoil: White Sox owner Charlie Comiskey investigates his players; the National Commission begins to collapse; and Boston sends its best player to New York.
As the 1920 season plays out, rumors of a World Series conspiracy fade from memory… until the final week of the year. Three White Sox players testify before a grand jury and the scandal erupts in the newspapers.
Special thanks to the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee for assistance in this production.
For unique conversations with the top executives, coaches, athletes and media personalities in sports — people like Mark Cuban, Jeanie Buss, Damian Lillard, Pete Caroll, Chris Evert and Tom Rinaldi — download the award-winning Sports Business Radio podcast on iTunes and Spotify.

BLACK SOX — Chapter Four: “The Fix”

8/28/19

The World Series plays out as rumors of a conspiracy run wild through the inner circles of baseball. Suspicion rises. Tension builds in the White Sox clubhouse. The gamblers double cross the players. The players double cross the gamblers. In the end, no one wins.
Special thanks to the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee for assistance in this production.
For unique conversations with the top executives, coaches, athletes and media personalities in sports — people like Mark Cuban, Jeanie Buss, Damian Lillard, Pete Caroll, Chris Evert and Tom Rinaldi — download the award-winning Sports Business Radio podcast on iTunes and Spotify.
Each week Brian Berger goes one-on-one with the biggest names in sports and business and you’re sure to learn something insightful on each and every episode. With a library of interviews dating back to 2007, Sports Business Radio is like a master class, where you’ll learn from the best of the best.
BLACK SOX — Chapter Three: “The Bankroll”

8/21/19

As the regular season winds down, the talk of a World Series fix heats up. Chicago White Sox players meet with two sets of gamblers and name a price to lose the Series. The gamblers weave a complicated web to raise the money before the Series begins.
One group secures the help of the biggest gambler of them all, Arnold Rothstein. On the eve of Game One, the deal is done and everyone waits to see if the players will go through with the fix…
Special thanks to the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee for assistance in this production.
For unique conversations with the top executives, coaches, athletes and media personalities in sports — people like Mark Cuban, Jeanie Buss, Damian Lillard, Pete Caroll, Chris Evert and Tom Rinaldi — download the award-winning Sports Business Radio podcast on iTunes and Spotify.
Each week Brian Berger goes one-on-one with the biggest names in sports and business and you’re sure to learn something insightful on each and every episode. With a library of interviews dating back to 2007, Sports Business Radio is like a master class, where you’ll learn from the best of the best.
BLACK SOX — Chapter Two: “A Turbulent Year”

8/14/19

The early 20th century was a time of great upheaval around the world. In America, race riots and bombings and the fear of Communism sweep across the country, and baseball secures its position as the nation’s past time. Walter Johnson, Ty Cobb and the other stars of the Deadball Era rise to prominence and fans flock to stadiums to watch them play.
The Chicago White Sox navigate the 1919 season and by the end of the year, they are on the verge of a World Series berth. Behind the scenes, some of the players begin to discuss the possibility of a big payday during the Series, much bigger than the bonuses they would earn for participating in the event.
Special thanks to the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee for assistance in this production.
For unique conversations with the top executives, coaches, athletes and media personalities in sports — people like Mark Cuban, Jeanie Buss, Damian Lillard, Pete Caroll, Chris Evert and Tom Rinaldi — download the award-winning Sports Business Radio podcast on iTunes and Spotify.
Each week Brian Berger goes one-on-one with the biggest names in sports and business and you’re sure to learn something insightful on each and every episode. With a library of interviews dating back to 2007, Sports Business Radio is like a master class, where you’ll learn from the best of the best.
BLACK SOX — Chapter One: “The Glory Days”

8/7/19

Baseball’s progression from an amateur activity to a professional sport is full of great stories. Hear about the myths and legends of early baseball; the pioneers and the inventors; the moguls and the superstars.
And the gamblers.
It all leads to the formation of 1919 Chicago White Sox and sets in motion the elements of one of the most infamous scandals in baseball history.
Special thanks to the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee for assistance in this production.
For unique conversations with the top executives, coaches, athletes and media personalities in sports — people like Mark Cuban, Jeanie Buss, Damian Lillard, Pete Caroll, Chris Evert and Tom Rinaldi — download the award-winning Sports Business Radio podcast on iTunes and Spotify.
Each week Brian Berger goes one-on-one with the biggest names in sports and business and you’re sure to learn something insightful on each and every episode. With a library of interviews dating back to 2007, Sports Business Radio is like a master class, where you’ll learn from the best of the best.
BLACK SOX — Prologue

7/31/19

It’s been 100 years since the most infamous event in baseball history. In 1919, a group of Chicago White Sox players conspired to lose the World’s Series. This the story of legendary players like Shoeless Joe Jackson; baseball moguls like Charles Comiskey; and ruthless gamblers like Arnold Rothstein.
This is the true story of “Eight Men Out.”
Special thanks to the SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee for assistance in this production.
Infamous America | Black Sox — Sources

“Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox,” edited by Jacob Pomrenke. Society For American Baseball Research, 2015.

“Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series,” by Eliot Asinof. Henry Holt and Company, LLC, 1963.

“Rothstein,” by David Pietrusza. Carroll & Graf, 2003.

“The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History,” by John M. Barry. Penguin Books, 2005.

Baseball

Biographies of players, coaches, managers and officials: SABR.org

Baseball statistics: baseball-reference.com

Louisville Slugger: https://www.slugger.com/en-us/our-history

Shoeless Joe Jackson: http://www.blackbetsy.com/shoeless.html

Boston Pilgrims: https://www.baseball-almanac.com/articles/boston_pilgrims_story.shtml

Early Baseball Rules: http://mentalfloss.com/article/58134/11-little-quirks-baseballs-early-rules ; https://vbba.org/rules-and-customs/naabbp-1858/

List of players banned from baseball: https://ourgame.mlblogs.com/baseballs-bans-and-blacklists-5182f08d43ff

Pacific Coast League Scandal: https://www.academia.edu/12388279/The_Pacific_Coast_League_Scandal_of_1919_Hal_Chase_Had_Nothing_on_Babe_Borton

Chicago White Sox Trial

https://www.famous-trials.com/blacksox/945-comiskey

http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/blacksox/blacksoxaccount.html

America in 1919

https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/washington-d-c-race-riot-1919/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/07/15/deadly-race-riot-aided-abetted-by-washington-post-century-ago/?noredirect=on

https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/jcl02

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=56186312471f47eca8aff16a8a990aa8

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/3/10/18313804/chicago-1919-explores-racial-tension-from-eugene-williams-to-laquan-mcdonald

https://time.com/5580829/anarchist-may-day-mail-bombs/

http://www.bqx.nyc/a-history-of-streetcars-in-brooklyn/

NFL

https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/586380d8

https://www.profootballhof.com/news/sept-17-1920-the-founding-of-the-nfl/

http://www.packershistory.net/1919-20PACKERS.html