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Wednesday, December 04, 2019

The Life & Death of Jim Devlin, Baseball’s Original Cheat

You can’t cheat an honest man ... except maybe in sports.

In the summer of 1876, a Brooklyn bookie by the name of Fred Seibert tried with his partner, a man named McCloud, to enlist Jim Devlin in throwing a game or two. Devlin flatly rejected Seibert’s overture. The next year, though, on a road trip to New York City, he was introduced to McCloud by the newsstand operator at the hotel in which he was staying. Devlin changed his mind and with that, the Grays lost to Cincinnati ... and then Indianapolis. And so on in the summer of ’77.

Walt Davis Posted: December 04, 2019 at 08:07 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: 19th century, cheating, history, jim devlin

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   1. Walt Davis Posted: December 04, 2019 at 10:46 PM (#5905781)
grrr ... so the second bit is quoted ... I needed to use blockquote or something didn't I?
   2. Jose Canusee Posted: December 07, 2019 at 09:19 AM (#5906485)
The question was whether a lifetime ban was being too tough. However with sports even if you keep in shape you lose a lot by not playing against competition so unless some factory gave him a job and had him star in the factory league every Sunday even a five year ban might have kept him from making another dollar as a pro.
A modern equivalent: https://www.chess.com/news/view/rausis-loses-gm-title-gets-6-year-ban-for-phone-cheating

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