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The manner in which the New York Giants lost to the Chicago White Sox in the 1917 World Series raised some suspicions.A key play in the final game involved Heinie Zimmerman chasing Eddie Collins across an unguarded home plate.Immediately afterward, Zimmerman (who had also hit only .120 during the Series) denied throwing the game or the Series.Within two years, Zimmerman and his corrupt teammate Hal Chase would be suspended for life, not so much due to any one incident but to a series of questionable actions and associations.After a losing streak towards the end of the season cost the Louisville Grays the pennant, members of the team were discovered to have thrown games for money.Four players, including star pitcher Jim Devlin, were banned from professional baseball for life.Details of the scandal remain controversial, and the extent to which each player was said to be involved varied.
Eight players from the Chicago White Sox (nicknamed the Black Sox) were accused of throwing the series against the Cincinnati Reds.
It resulted in the appointment of a Commissioner of Baseball (Kenesaw Mountain Landis) who took firm steps to try to rid the game of gambling influence permanently.
One important step was the lifetime ban against the Black Sox Scandal participants.
The "eight men out" were the great "natural hitter" "Shoeless" Joe Jackson; pitchers Eddie Cicotte and "Lefty" Williams; infielders "Buck" Weaver, "Chick" Gandil, Fred Mc Mullin, and "Swede" Risberg; and outfielder "Happy" Felsch.
Jackson, who was suspended during the peak of his career with a .356 lifetime batting average (all-time third), is still regarded as one of the greatest players not in the Hall of Fame.
On the eve of the "playoff" or "makeup" game between the Chicago Cubs and the New York Giants that would decide the National League championship, an umpire refused an attempted bribe intended to help the Giants win.