Fixing the fix
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK
SEPTEMBER 24, 1920 –
An editorial in the New York Times on this date in 1920 admonished Major League Baseball to clean up its act. The message reminded baseball of
“… the financial value of honesty.”
A few days earlier prosecutors in
Chicago lent credence to rumors that several Chicago White Sox players took money to throw the 1919 World Series.
Despite eight players eventually being acquitted of taking money to lose the World Series, mainly because key evidence was lost, all eight were banned from baseball by commissioner, and former federal judge, Kennesaw Mountain Landis.
1919 Chicago White Sox
The New York Times edi
torial almost exactly a year after the ill-fated World Series reminded baseball of its own inflexibility with gambling 43 years earlier:
“Prompt action at almost the very beginning
of National League history removed a group
of players who made a business of ‘throwing’
games, and ever since then the average
American has been as sure of the purity of
the national sport as he was of the corruption
of national politics, and as proud.”
The Times went on to say that by cracking down on gambling years earlier, baseball
“… realized that big profits and huge salaries…”
were only assured if the public had no suspicion games were fixed.
New York Times
, September 24, 1920