Crooked: A History of Cheating in Sports by Fran Zimniuch

By Fran Zimniuch

So long as humans have performed video games, there was a temptation to win (or deliberately lose) through dishonest. notorious circumstances in the course of the historical past of activity abound, from the "thrown" 1919 global sequence to the hot doping confessions of music megastar Marion Jones. during this wonderful and informative publication, activities historian Fran Zimniuch remembers the infamous scandals that experience tainted our most well-liked activities, concluding that such incidents are frequently a mirrored image of the days. taking advantage of own interviews with many figures both excited about or at the outer edge of modern scandals, together with BALCO's Victor Conte, Crooked provides a competition of infamy as wealthy because the historical past of contemporary activities itself.

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We just never recovered. “That’s why so many of us totally bought the Warren Commission thing. I don’t think they were trying to lie about who killed Kennedy. But I think the mission of the Warren Commission was to calm America down. ” It’s a vicious cycle that has no end in sight. Be it a track star or a baseball player going beyond his or her God-given gifts with the use of steroids, or a pitcher doctoring the baseball, the message is clear. They don’t ask how, just how many. But this attitude has a way of trickling down the food chain to the young athletes in their teens— and even younger—who are constantly being hit over the head with cheating, steroids, human growth hormone, and the idea that if you ain’t lying, you ain’t trying.

The saga of the Black Sox scandal may be the biggest, most devastating story of its type in the history of the game. But sadly, it was far from the first. For it seems that from nearly the very beginning of America’s Game, baseball has always been a Mecca for gamblers looking to make a quick buck. And when gamblers and money abound, temptation follows. The infamous 1919 Chicago White Sox. © 2008 Chicago White Sox. The 1919 Black Sox World Series Fix It seems much less likely that games would be fixed in today’s brave new baseball world, where player salaries have skyrocketed to the point where a utility infielder makes considerably more money in a year than a gambling icon.

Charley Owens of the Chicago Daily News was responsible for that, but there wasn’t a bit of truth in it. It was supposed to have happened the day I was arrested in September of 1920, when I came out of the courtroom. “There weren’t any word passed between anybody except me and a deputy sheriff. When I came out of the building, this deputy asked me where I was going and I told him to the Southside. He asked me for a ride and we got in the car together and left. There was a big crowd handing around the front of the building, but nobody else said anything to me.

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