On this day in 1921 eight men were acquitted in the Black Sox Scandal, a scandal which would cement its place in history as one of the biggest Major League Baseball match fixing incidents to have ever happened. Behind it all was one man, Arnold Rothstein,who would never be indicted for his part in the fix.

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Arnold Rothstein

So What Happened?

Eight Chicago White Sox players were accused of intentionally losing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for a payout from Arnold Rothstein.
They were later acquitted in 1921 when the jury deliberated for less than three hours before returning verdicts of not guilty on all charges for all of the accused players.

Infielders Swede Risberg (left) and Buck Weaver during their 1921 trial

Infielders Swede Risberg (left) and Buck Weaver during their 1921 trial (courtesy Wikipedia)

Despite acquittals in the 1921 public trial, Judge Landis permanently banned all eight men from professional baseball.

“No player who throws a ball game, no player who undertakes or promises to throw a ball game, no player who sits in confidence with a bunch of crooked ballplayers and gamblers, where the ways and means of throwing a game are discussed and does not promptly tell his club about it, will ever play professional baseball”

The players involved in the scandal received $5,000 each or more, with Chick Gandil (the mastermind of the scandal) taking $35,000. Chick can be seen on the far right in the top row in the image below.

Black Sox Scandal Trial

Black Sox Scandal Trial