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Eight Men Out

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  5,854 ratings  ·  164 reviews
This book, dramatized for a movie in 1988, covers the fantastic scandal in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation's leading gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series.
Hardcover, Large Print, 16 pages
Published December 1st 1996 by Niagara (first published 1963)
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As a baseball fan, I couldn’t help but read Eliot Asinof’s novel without thinking about the current state of baseball. Baseball, in recent years, has taken quite a hit (sorry for the pun) with its battle over steroids and performance enhancing drugs (PEDs). As the sport probes further into this scandal to clean things up, baseball itself is reeling, the public often disenchanted with the grand old game. A proverbial witch hunt to find out who was “doping” has left us to question not only the mor ...more
Nancy Kennedy
This is the kind of nonfiction read I love, a book about an iconic incident you think you know something about. "Say it ain't so, Joe!" That's pretty much what I knew of the "Black Sox" baseball scandal.

Everything I thought I knew about the throwing of the 1919 World Series turns out to be wrong. Just about every fact Mr. Asinof unearthed surprised me: Why did they do it? Were they just bad apples? When did people start to suspect the fix was on? Who initiated the fix? Who really made money? Who
Ryan Bramlett
The Major League Baseball World Series has been a celebrated event for decades. Hundreds of thousands crowd around their TV to watch America’s pastime or if they are if they are lucky enough get to watch the game first hand. But the fans of the Chicago White Sox during the 1919 fix were not so lucky. The struggles and steps taken by the players and gamblers during the fix was packed into this intriguing book by Eliot Asinof. The story is about a New York gambler, Arnold Rothenstein that wanted t ...more
This was a terrific book especially for anyone who enjoys baseball history.

Considering what sparse records exist about the events and the trials I think Asinof does a masterful job of constructing the story of all the involved parties including multiple gamblers, players, owners, commissioners, judges, etc. The list of people whose point of view is presented honestly in a nuanced and sensitive way is truly astounding. Even more astounding is that the entire account doesn't seem more muddled. Asi
A perfect book. Much more then a baseball book---a history of an amazing labor dispute that ended with the throwing of the 1919 World Series. Amazingly, the crooked players come off as the most sympathetic characters in the story. The baseball owners and the big time gamblers were the only "winners" here, much as the CEO's benefit regardless of the performance of the company. Arnold Rothstein, the NYC gambler who bankrolled the fix (immortalized in the Great Gatsby: No he's a gambler. Then Gatsb ...more
Stuart Ayris
As a huge cricket fan I guess that at some time in my life it would be inevitable that I would fall in love with Baseball. I read WP Kinsella's Shoeless Joe and the lesser known, but far superior in my opinion, The Iowa Baseball Confederacy some time back but I could never really get into the game. This season though, the penny has dropped and not a night goes by when I'm not glued at some stage to the baseball on ESPN America. If this is middle-age, then, well, I love it.

So, to the book.

Eight M
Cole Hamilton
I think that the purpose of the author to write this book was to inform sports readers or anyone about the 1919 Chicago Black Sox and how eight of the players tried to fix the World Series for 100,000 dollars. Its a biography about the team so you know he wrote it to inform everyone who has heard about it on what actually happened.
The theme of the story is that the pressures of baseball in 1919 was very high that it turned very talented men to betray the game of baseball. So don't fall under t
The author of Eight Men Out died last week and I heard of him and the book on a public radio show, Its only a game. I seem to have good luck with books I hear about in this manner.

The book is wonderful - there is a wonderful flavor of 1919, of sitting in the ballpark, of gamblers and the obsession that I've come to recognize in the blues guitarist and the baseball fan. The book has the right mix of history, personality and reporting on a black mark in baseball history. I am not a baseball fan b
Ryan Arnold
This is a book that was written and made for a person who truly understands the concepts of baseball and money as one. Professional baseball is a business and the quicker people understand that, the quicker they can use that to their advantage. The men of this time knew that the game was new and wanted to make the most money off of it. So when they payed the players to lose the games, it was for the maximum profit from bets placed on the games.
This book gives great detailed descriptions of the
Eight Men Out (the movie) was one of my favorite baseball movies, so I thought I'd listen to the audio book. There is A LOT more to the story in the book than there was in the movie. It is interesting how gambling really controlled baseball back in the beginning of the sports. For example, people would toss rocks at the outfielders trying to catch a fly ball if they had a bet on the game. And the weird thing is, there was no rule against it!

After reading the book, you can understand more why Bar
An interesting book – I never saw the movie and only sort of knew the full story of the Black Sox. I had a couple of interesting and competing reactions. The first was how different the world is today – the second was how much the world today is the same. First, I was struck by how today when there are accusations of drugging in sports, the principles are millionaire players who immediately point the finger at other people. In 1918, the principles were basically poor kids who did wrong and who t ...more
Apr 12, 2013 Gerald rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: baseball fans
Recommended to Gerald by: Bought it because of the subject,
A inside, thorough look at the most serious scandel in baseball, with the 1919 Chicago White Sox accepting bribes from professional gamblers to throw the World Series. It also shows the odious nature of the reserve clause. The reserve clause bound a player to one team for life. They could not play anywhere else, unless the owner allowed it. The reserve clause treated players like indentured servants, with greedy owners paying them nowhere near what they were worth. In an atmosphere of disrespect ...more
Todd Stockslager
Originally published in 1963, rereleased in 1987 to coincide with the "Major Motion Picture" trumpeted on the cover.

The story of the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal, when eight members of the Chicago Sox team of another stripe conspired to throw the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds, a heavy on-paper underdog. The eight Sox were charged, tried, and acquitted, but immediately banned from organized baseball for life by new baseball commissioner Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis, hired specifically for thi
Max Newman
Eight Men Out was not the best sports book I've read, but it's a fair book to read. The book details the 1919 Chicago White Sox baseball team, as eight of the players on the team are involved in a scandal. The eight players have struck a deal with gamblers, so the gamblers can win money, as the gamblers have surprisingly bet for the Cincinatti Reds to win. In the end, the Reds do win the World Series, but because the eight Sox players involved in the "Black Sox scandal" intentionally played bad, ...more
Susan Olesen
The material was interesting, the book slightly blah. In short, Comiskey deserved it, for being such a cheap capitalist bastard he was paying his # 1 team one quarter of what the lesser teams got, the equivalent of paying the Yankees on minor league scale compared to the rest of Pro ball. I felt sorry for Shoeless Joe, a simple country bumpkin who just happened to be the best hitter in the country and was constantly taken advantage of because he was illiterate and easy to confuse and mislead. I ...more
Griffin Tebrugge
I think that the purpose of the author to write this book was to inform anyone interested about the 1919 Chicago White Sox and how eight of the players tried to fix the World Series for bribes from gamblers. Its a biography about the team so he wrote it to inform everyone who has heard about it on what actually happened.

The theme of the story is that the pressure on baseball players in 1919 were very high and that it turned men who were just starting out to betray the game of baseball. So don't
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Rickie Bellamy
Eight Men Out starts off with many people crowding to see the 1919 World Series. But, a word soon got out that the 1919 World Series "the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America." Eliot Asinof was the most effective person in the whole fix in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the United States leading gamblers to throw the series in Cincinnati, Ohio. Eliot moving behind the scenes, he carefully examines the motives and backgrounds of the players and the condit ...more
Lawrence Perez

I felt that Eliot Asinof's Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series, is probably one of the best baseball books that I have read. It is a nonfictional book about the 1919 World Series, where the Chicago White Sox, ultimately the best team in baseball during this time period, decided to "throw" the Series. It was one of the worst scandal's in the history of sports as the 8 players of the White Sox were ultimately thrown out of baseball for life. As I have read many books over the l
I thought it was a good book overall. Sometimes it got a little hard to follow all of the different people involved in the huge scandal. But it did give a lot of good information about players and why they did it and the setting at that time and how it was different than today.
Paul Haspel
Eight members of major league baseball’s Chicago White Sox colluded with gamblers, arranged to lose a 1919 World Series that they were heavily favored to win, and were banned from organized baseball for life as a result. Yet the corrupt actions of these players were only part of a system that had itself grown corrupt. Such, at any rate, is part of the message of Eliot Asinof’s book Eight Men Out.

Asinof, himself a former minor-league baseball player, spends a good deal of his time tearing away at
The purpose of this story is to give you an understanding of what can happen if people get corrupt. It also tells you about how baseball has evolved in the past 95 years.

The theme of the story is that if corruption finds you, things are downhill from then on. In the story, they decide to loose the world series in order to get more money.

The story is a narration because it has the events that happen in the order that they happen. The narration was effective. He made the story seem like you were
A lot of people that don't pay much attention to baseball might think the modern steroids scandals are one of the worst things that ever hit the game. Although people that argue this point might not know it, but the Black Sox Scandal of 1919 went so far as to nearly destroy the game in its professional, organized form.

The book Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series is a meticulously researched volume, and is probably one of the finest pieces of what is now known as "narrative non
C. Patrick
This review is for the Kindle edition. I found distracting the spelling and grammatical errors sprinkled throughout the narrative, but aside from that, this was a very readable survey of the 1919 World Series scandal and it's aftermath. I was surprised Mr. Asinof originally published in 1963, and really wished the book were footnoted to explain how the author fairly effectively captured the motivations of so many actors involved in every stage of the events.

If one accepts the accuracy of the aut
Wow. I knew little about the Black Sox aside from watching "Field of Dreams" and the repeated phrase of "Say it ain't so, Joe." This book gives a broad scope of the key people involved with the 1919 World Series. Not a heart warming book by any means; after all it is all about corruption--though it is fascinating.

Wondering why Asinof doesn't list his sources?
I really wanted to love this book, since I am a White Sox fan and I have a fascination with the 1919 Black Sox scandal. Up until 2005, that 1919 team was the most recent team that the White Sox could really brag about. But I was mildly disappointed with "Eight Men Out". This book is a melding of Eliot Asinof's two favorite things - baseball and socialism. In the movie adaptation of the book, the socialism aspect of this story was smoothed out, but in the book it is pronounced.

Asinof's thesis is
Interesting history lesson on greed and rich vs poor. Still think the few ball players who were truly sorry (joe Jackson, Cicotte, weaver, and Williams) should be allowed into hall of fame and ban removed.
I really enjoyed this book. I did not know much about the Black Sox scandal, but this work is well researched and well written. A very enjoyable book.
C. L.
A good read to cover the intricacies of the 1919 Black Sox throwing of the World Series (though it would have benefitted from a cast of characters index at the beginning; so many names to keep straight!). That being said, I was left wondering at multiple points where the author's information was coming from, and if some moments were not just made up whole-cloth, given that the people in question (by the author's admission) remained silent about the details until the end. Enjoyable, but with the ...more
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“To Replogle, the players were victims. The owners poured out a stream of pious, pompous verbiage about how pure they were. The gamblers said nothing, kept themselves hidden, protected themselves —and when they said anything, it was strictly for cash, with immunity, no less. But the ballplayers didn’t even know enough to call a lawyer. They only knew how to play baseball.” 0 likes
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