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  •  Great diary, a couple of minor quibbles (3+ / 0-)
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    Black Max, Justus, blueoregon

    Re: the accompanying picture: The 1919 "Black Sox" cheated to deliberately lose, not to win, while Karl Rove plays dirty to win.  While I guess somebody could make the argument that as bad as Romney's playing this that he's taking a dive, the Black Sox probably aren't the best parallel because the GOPers are playing to win, albeit awkwardly.  Besides, the best book on the 1919 World Series and the Black Sox scandal, Eliot Asinof's "Eight Men Out", makes a strong argument that the throwing of the World Series started out as sort of a labor protest.  The players were being nickel and dimed by their owner, eventually the players decided to revolt against the gamblers who were backing the fix and also cheating them. They started to play to win and eventually were threatened into playing to lose again.

    Also, two of the players pictured (George "Buck" Weaver and "Shoeless" Joe Jackson) played it straight; Asinof and others have argued that they probably had nothing to do with throwing the Series.  Weaver spent much of the rest of his life trying to clear his name, and Jackson played spectacularly during the Series and, according to Asinof, may not have had the mental capacity to be part of the conspiracy.

    Otherwise, excellent piece. Sorry, sometimes the baseball geek comes out in me.

    "We have nothing to fear but fear itself."

    by Theodoric of York Medieval Liberal on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 10:53:44 AM PDT

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