Charles Comiskey: The Black Sox Scandal

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The 1919 World Series players took part in a scandal mainly through the influence of manager Charles Comiskey. Charles Comiskey is the primary reason that fueled the team to throw the series away by his cheapness and overall dislike. The 1988 film Eight Men Out directed by John Sayles depicts an accurate depiction of how Charles Comiskey influenced the White Sox to throw away the series. Charles Comiskey is illustrated as an unfair manager: who paid his players the minimum, a manager who didn’t keep his promise for winning the pennant, and overall the players greatly disliked Comiskey. After the White Sox won, Eddie Cicotte was promised a $10,000 bonus from manager Charles Comiskey if he won 30 games. “29 is not 30, Eddie. You will get only the money you deserve”(Eight Men Out). The significance of this detail is how the players were questioning when they would receive their bonus, in which they earned by going to the World Series. Charles Comiskey was a pretty cheap manager described by many players who were involved in the Black Sox Scandal. “I would like to blame the trouble we got into on Comiskey’s cheapness”(The Black Sox: My Side of the Story). The significance of this quotation is how Charles Comiskey paid his players from a former player of the 1919 White Sox. Another factor that may have determined the players to engage in the scandal is their dislike for Comiskey,. “Look, fellas, if it was up to me…”(Eight…show more content…
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