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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Black Sox Gandil agrees to fix World Series
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Sept. 18, 1919

The Chicago White Sox turn Black Sox. Three weeks before Chicago plays the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series, first baseman Chick Gandil meets clandestinely with Boston gambler and bookmaker George "Sport" Sullivan in Boston's Hotel Buckminster. Gandil tells Sullivan he can fix the Series, and Sullivan agrees to pay Gandil $80,000 to turn his teammates into losers. The Black Sox lose in eight games.

While Gandil and seven other Chicago players will be acquitted of charges of throwing the Series by a jury in 1921, the eight Black Sox will be banned from baseball for life by commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis.

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