Corruption Of Baseball In The 1920's

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Throughout the Roaring 20s many criminal activities had taken place in the United States, such as: World Series Fixing, bootlegging and speakeasies, police complicity in crime, and the Teapot Scandal. The roaring 20s was an era where both employment rate and the amount of leisure time increased. As a family’s income grew, more time was spent for leisure activities such as sports, music, and literature. However, the sport baseball had become such a disappointment for both the baseball players and the public. In the beginning of the 1920s World Fixing took place. World Fixing involved gamblers that bribed the baseball players of the Big Leagues to forfeit or throw the championship. Many baseball players not only lost their pride, but the ability to play the sport in a big league. On October 9, 1919, the Cincinnati Reds defeated the heavily favored Chicago White Sox. However, Gamblers had paid several White Sox players to intentionally lose the game. Joe, “Shoeless,” Jackson was later put on trial for the conspiracy of throwing the championship. Jackson was also banned from baseball eternally. A few weeks before the World Series, a White Sox …show more content…

Crimes like bootlegging, police complicity, and The Teapot Scandal developed a corruption within officials and society. Such that in “government” portion, at the end of the 1920s, there was a stock market crash. The stock market crash demonstrated that the law officials were not firmly build in a manner were the people could rely on them. In addition to the Stock Market Crash, along came with it the increase of the unemployment rate. The unemployment rate and the criminal activities corrupted society because it was so high and people had no workplace, so people were more likely to commit crime. Therefore the criminal activity that occurred in the 1920s helped society learns that they should appreciate things they own and

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