Springer: Joseph ‘Sport’ Sullivan’s little-known role in the Black Sox Scandal

From Shira Springer at NPR’s Only A Game on October 18, 2019, with mention of SABR members Bruce Allardice and Jacob Pomrenke:


I’m in a small elevator at the Hotel Buckminster in Boston. We’re going to the sixth floor. We’re going to see “the room.” When the doors open, we step into a dark, narrow corridor.

The hotel and its triangular floor plan is more than 120 years old, and it feels like we’ve entered a maze. We head right, then the hotel’s sales manager, Zack Byron, realizes we need to turn around. We almost walk right by “the room.” From the outside, there’s nothing special about it.

Byron opens the door. The inside is pretty unremarkable, too — except for the view.

From a small space with a couch and a coffee table, we can see Fenway Park in all its glory. Well, mostly, the back side of the Green Monster. But it’s still Fenway, and somehow the view feels special, strangely intimate, like we’ve been given a backstage pass.

Listen to the full story here: https://www.wbur.org/onlyagame/2019/10/18/sport-sullivan-black-sox-scandal

Originally published: October 25, 2019. Last Updated: October 25, 2019.