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in the Pete Rose thread someone was saying that the prohibition against gambling went back to the 1850s however this story seemed to say that the rule was not instituted until this incident. Does anyone more about that?
Was there a big influx of money into the sport in the 1900-1920 period?
Was there a big influx of money into the sport in the 1900-1920 period, such that the sums involved in corruption were now too big to ignore? Or was it all about something particularly bad about the Black Sox?
I have read that one of the reasons the office of commissioner was created was that Comiskey felt that Johnson was not sufficiently investigating the scandal.
On October 30, 1877, the directors of the Louisville Grays formally expelled Hall, Devlin and Nichols for “selling games, conspiring to sell games, and tampering with players.” The directors also expelled Craver for “disobedience of positive orders, general misconduct, and suspicious play in violation of his contract and the rules of the league.” Craver’s case is interesting in that he was never proven to have associated with gamblers. Rather, he was thrown out of the game on suspicion of misconduct, strengthened by his refusal to have his telegraph records examined, and on the testimony of other players that he had purposely “rattled” them so that they made key errors. Craver had a past history of misconduct and was well known to be difficult to get along with and it seems that the club seized a good opportunity to rid itself of a malcontent.
[...]League President Hulbert felt that the Louisville scandal was an opportunity to prove to the general public that the league was a paragon of honesty and integrity. Shortly after the announcement of the Louisville expulsions, he wrote to the Hartford manager, Bob Ferguson: “Certainly nothing can be lost to the legitimate game by the conviction and punishment of the thieves and scoundrels who infest it and (who) by their presence as players bring disgrace and contempt upon it . . . . Now it strikes me, the exposure and conviction upon their own confession of the four men named, makes our forthcoming League meeting an excellent time and place to strike an effective blow.”
The annual league meeting was held in Cleveland during the first week of December, and league officials quickly ratified the expulsion of the Louisville players.
[...]Significantly, the best full-length work on the famous Black Sox scandal, Eight Men Out, by Eliot Asinof, makes only a brief error-ladened mention of the Louisville Grays’ scandal in a background chapter, and the scandal seems to have had no impact on the Black Sox decisions made by Judge Landis and his advisers.
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