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Eight Men Out

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  7,066 Ratings  ·  204 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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Franky
Jun 09, 2013 Franky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 03, 2012 Nancy Kennedy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ryan Bramlett
Oct 29, 2012 Ryan Bramlett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dan
Aug 19, 2015 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Anne
Dec 18, 2015 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very detailed, but incredibly interesting for this historian and baseball enthusiast.
Stuart Ayris
Jun 13, 2013 Stuart Ayris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Cole Hamilton
Oct 03, 2012 Cole Hamilton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Scott
Dec 01, 2016 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who is a student of baseball history would do well to read Eliot Asinof's Eight Men Out, a highly-detailed account of the infamous Chicago 'Black Sox' and the throwing of the 1919 World Series.

This is a very-layered book that describes in great detail the events that led up to the fix. The eight ballplayers and their backstories are described, along with those of the gamblers involved. Other peripheral characters and topics come under scrutiny, such as the tension between the players and
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Diane
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
Kevin
May 30, 2012 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kara Neal
Is there anyone honest out there?

I read this book as part of a reading challenge. The category for which I read it was 'a book published the year you were born'. As a long-time lover of history and more recent baseball fan, I was intrigued by this title. Frankly, there were so many people involved in this scandal that it was at times difficult to keep the names and roles straight, especially since some used aliases and others, in some fashion or another, changed sides or Their self-defense tacti
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Ryan
Jun 14, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Todd Stockslager
Jun 09, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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
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Gerald
Apr 12, 2013 Gerald rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Betsy
Oct 11, 2016 Betsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always been intrigued by the legendary story of Shoeless Joe Jackson and how the 1919 World Series was thrown by 8 players. The work by the author to piece the details together is worth noting. Not only does the book reveal how stingy owner Charles Comiskey was, paying his players far less than other teams' players were paid as well as breaking promises to them, it paints the picture of the many layers of gambling corruption. While what the players did was obviously wrong, I couldn't help ...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
Rachel
Sep 19, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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?
Robert
Aug 30, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sam
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.
Matt
Jun 26, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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.
George Hancock
Oct 03, 2015 George Hancock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible story!
Paul Haspel
Apr 05, 2014 Paul Haspel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ryan Cuddy
Mar 21, 2017 Ryan Cuddy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When my friend first told me about this book I was a little shaky on whether or not I would read it. I felt like the book was going to be kind of boring due to the fact that I'm more of a hockey fan not a baseball fan but I was wrong. This boom kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I read it. Not only did it describe the games in much detail but described everything with a lot of detail. Just like many of the other people that have read this book, it was so easy to picture everything tha ...more
Brenden
Mar 20, 2017 Brenden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was deciding on what book to read I was scrolling through the list of books my teacher gave us I came across this book. At first I didn't think it was going to be a good book because I don't follow baseball all that much but now I follow baseball more now than I was before resting this book and I consider myself a baseball fan now. I was a little hesitant to read this book at first because I thought that the book was going to drag along all the games and drag along the court cases and I t ...more
Mark Madans
Mar 09, 2017 Mark Madans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very detailed accounting of the Black Six scandal of 1919. Any baseball fan that want to get a better picture of what happened back then should read this. BUT this is not about baseball (the game), it is about baseball (the sport as a business).
It was like getting a history lesson and a crime story all in one. The details the author brings out and characters involved make this a great read.
Walter
Jan 08, 2014 Walter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
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
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Lawrence Perez
Mar 06, 2014 Lawrence Perez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition




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
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Joel Niermann
Feb 12, 2017 Joel Niermann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the book Eight Men Out the authors purpose was to inform the readers. The book is about the Chicago Black Sox. In the book it talks about how the Black sox through the 1919 World Series. In 1919 the Chicago Black Sox were having one of their best seasons of all time. When they made it to the World Series they lost dramatically. Over the next few years the baseball organization came up with the conclusion that the Sox purposely through the World Series. Eight players out of twenty were accus ...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.” 1 likes
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