Lipowski: SABR member Allardice contends Black Sox still threw games in 1920

From David Lipowski at the Daily Southtown on June 17, 2016, with mention of SABR member Bruce Allardice:

The Chicago White Sox might have disappointed many of their fans over the last several weeks, but according to Bruce Allardice, a professor of history at South Suburban College, things could always be worse.

In his recent research article titled “Playing Rotten, It Ain’t That Hard to Do: How the Black Sox Threw the 1920 Pennant,” Allardice delved nearly a century back into the team’s history. The article appeared in the spring issue of the Baseball Research Journal published by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

The story of the “Black Sox” and 1919 World Series is well-known. A number of White Sox players, later nicknamed the “Black Sox,” allegedly took bribes from gamblers to throw games during the World Series.

While an attempt to indict the players with a conspiracy charge ultimately resulted in not-guilty verdicts two years later, eight players were banned from professional baseball. The event proved to be one of the darkest moments in the sport’s history.

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Originally published: June 20, 2016. Last Updated: June 20, 2016.