Black Sox Scandal Research Committee



The Black Sox Scandal Research Committee aims to do, encourage, organize and make accessible, research that will increase our understanding of what historian Harold Seymour termed “baseball’s darkest hour” — the events surrounding the fixing of the 1919 World Series.

By focusing on this best-known incident of gambling’s influence on baseball, we hope to shed light on its presence during the Deadball Era, as well as its continuing effects in the decades that followed.

By focusing on the principal people in the 1919 event, we hope to better understand how ballplayers, management, reporters, and baseball authorities (including the first Commissioner) responded to events, possibly setting precedents affecting MLB today.

The 1919 World Series Fix increasingly appears to be a “cold case” in which new evidence continues to be discovered. In 2007, for example, hundreds of documents, most related to the Black Sox, surfaced in Chicago and are being prepared for research, by the Chicago History Museum.

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  • Newsletters: To find current and past Black Sox Scandal committee newsletters, click here.
  • Discussion group: To sign up and participate in our Black Sox Scandal discussion group at, click here.
  • Read our Black Sox book: In 2015, SABR published Scandal on the South Side: The 1919 Chicago White Sox, edited by Jacob Pomrenke, with contributions from 32 members of the Black Sox Scandal committee. Click here to learn more or order the book (e-book or paperback available.)
  • Read more: Find all SABR BioProject articles related to the Black Sox Scandal on this page.