Crooked: A History of Cheating in Sports

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Taylor Trade Publications, Apr 16, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
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As long as people have played games, there has been a temptation to win (or intentionally lose) by cheating. Infamous cases throughout the history of sport abound, from the "thrown" 1919 World Series to the recent doping confessions of track star Marion Jones. In this entertaining and informative book, sports historian Fran Zimniuch recalls the notorious scandals that have tainted our most popular sports, concluding that such incidents are often a reflection of the times. Benefiting from personal interviews with many figures either involved in or on the periphery of recent scandals, including BALCO's Victor Conte, Crooked presents a pageant of infamy as rich as the history of modern sports itself.
 

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Cheating in sports is, unfortunately, a timely topic. In this book, the author provides an anecdotal survey of various types of dishonesty that have gone on since the time of the Olympics in ancient ... Read full review

Contents

Reflecting Society or Infecting Society?
1
The 1919 Black Sox World Series Fix
17
The PointShaving Scandals of 1951
35
Spit Corks Periscopes Superstitions
45
Proceeding Illegally Spygate StickumCheap Shots Recruiting
69
Slashing at the Rules
87
In the Penalty with Official Incompetence
95
Olympic and Amateur Athletic Cheating
103
The Tradition of Doping A Sad Sports Legacy
121
The Pied Piper of BALCO
133
Naming Names
145
The Taylor Hooton Tragedy
157
Fixing Society Not Just Sports
167
SOURCES
179
INDEX
181
Copyright

The Drug Culture in Sports
113

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Maury Allen began his career writing for "Sports Illustrated "and then moved to the "New York Post, "where he covered the Yankees for twenty-seven years. He has written more than thirty books on baseball and his work has appeared extensively in television documentaries.

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