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 historians Harold Seymour and Dorothy Seymour Mills termed “baseball’s darkest hour” — the events surrounding the fixing of the 1919 World Series.

  • Save the date! The SABR Black Sox Scandal Research Committee will be hosting a special symposium to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1919 World Series on September 27-29, 2019, in Chicago. Click here to learn more.

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.

  • Announcements: To sign up for email announcements from this committee, click the "Announcements" button above, then click "Join Group" (). All SABR members are eligible to sign up for announcements from any committee.
  • 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.)
  • SABR BioProject Black Sox articles: Find all SABR BioProject articles related to the Black Sox Scandal on this page. 
  • Gene Carney's Black Sox Notes Index: For nearly two decades, our committee founder Gene Carney wrote a semi-regular column called "Notes From The Shadows of Cooperstown" from his home in Utica, New York. Between 2002 until his untimely death in 2009, Carney's research focused almost exclusively on the ill-fated events of October 1919, the cover-up that followed, and the legal proceedings which put Shoeless Joe Jackson, Eddie Cicotte, and the other Chicago White Sox players involved on the record. Click here to view the entire collection of Gene Carney's "Notes" columns related to the Black Sox Scandal, along with a Chronological Index and a Subject-Matter Index for those who are interested in digging deeper.