The Fix Is In: A History of Baseball Gambling and Game Fixing Scandals

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McFarland, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 327 pages
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On September 27, 1865, gambler Kane McLoughlin paid William Wansley $100 to ensure that the Brooklyn Eckfords would beat the Mutuals of New York. Wansley bribed Mutuals shortstop Tom Devyr and third baseman Ed Duffy to join the plot. The result was a 23-11 win by the Eckfords in a game marked by "passed balls and...muffed easy flys." Baseball was faced with its first gambling scandal. This is a comprehensive account of gambling and game fixing scandals that have gripped the nation. Attention is rightly focused on the best known incidents (e.g., the Black Sox scandal and the Pete Rose case), but the lesser known scandals are covered in-depth as well. Included are two chapters on game fixing scandals in the minor leagues.
 

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Contents

PREFACE vii
1
The Early Days
3
The National Association
15
The Louisville Scandal
37
The Game Groivs Up
52
The Calm Before the Storm
69
Hal Chase
84
The Black Sox
100
The Era of Tranquility
213
The Denny McLain Incident
228
The Pete Rose Scandal
236
Minor League Scandals Before 1930
255
Minor League Scandals from 1930 to 1994
273
Summing It All Up
291
CHAPTER NOTES
295
BIBLIOGRAPHY
299

Days of Scandal
163
The OConnellDolan Affair
184
The CobbSpeaker Affair
196

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About the author (2004)

The late Daniel E. Ginsburg lived in Washington, D.C., but was a part-time resident of Ay, France. He was the president and majority owner of Champagne de Meric, the only American-owned winery in Champagne.

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