This film plays a major part in exemplifying key aspects of baseball history. The Black Sox Scandal was a devastating event in history that caused spectators and fans to question the integrity of the game; they became skeptical on coming to games because they would not know if it was a real game or fixed. The eight players involved, hence the title of the film, were Eddie Cicotte, Chick Gandil, Oscar Felsch, Joe Jackson, Fred McMullin, Swede Risberg, Buck Weaver and Claude Williams. These players were bribed to throw the 1919 World Series game of the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Red for $10,000 each by gamblers Joseph “Sport” Sullivan, William “Sleepy Bill” Burns, and Billy Maharg. Although this was their original plan, the players remained unpaid and decided to play and win the rest of the games.
Reporters and camera people coverage for what a local writer called the “Super Bowl of murder trials.” Christopher Darden, the prosecutor representing the state, led off the prosecution’s opening statement by labeling Simpson as an abusive husband and a jealous lover of Nicole Brown Simpson. Darden told the jurors, “if he couldn’t have her, he didn’t want anybody else to have her.” The next day, Johnie Cochran, OJ’s lawyer, gave an opening statement for the defense in which he presented a confused timeline of events and suggested he was so crippled by “arthritis” that he couldn’t possibly do a double murder. Cochran told the jury the defense would prove the evidence was “contaminated, compromised, and ultimately corrupted.” Over the several days of the trials, the prosecution put forward 72 witnesses. The first set of witnesses suggested that Simpson had the motive and the opportunity to kill. The second set suggested that Simpson had in fact used his opportunity to kill his ex-wife and Ronald Goldman.
“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, was a very strange story. It was strange to me because of the plot it had. Jackson wrote a story on a town of people who drew an annual lottery and the winner got stoned down with rock by the entire town, even the family helped. I realized that the story that Jackson wrote and the quote by Nelson Mandela had a relationship between them. When I thought back to “The Lottery” to think of who was had the most courage and who was fearful in the story.
Cleveland Indians Corked Bat Incident The Great Albert Belle Corked Bat Incident (or the Cleveland Indians Corked Bat Incident as it is more commonly known) involves Albert Belle, slugger for the Indians who was found to have a corked bat after Gene Lamont (manager of the White Sox at the time) tipped off the umpires. Umpires placed Belle 's bat in safe keeping in their private chambers, but later, the bat was switched out for another. One that was perfectly legal. The Indians were not able to keep the ruse going for long, and were found out. How It Started It all happened on July 15, 1994 at Comiskey Park in Chicago during a game between the Pale Hose and the Indians.
She says that unfortunately Elvis had been found as a mole shortly into the time his mission began and he had to go into the FBI’s witness protection program. She claims that because he was discovered, he had to “kill” himself before the mafia killed him. To spur on the allegations, the FBI did not immediately swat down the theory, although there is no mention of Elvis helping the FBI in any of the 760 released files on Elvis from 1956 to 1980. Elvis was never officially investigated by the FBI, they say he only has a folder because of many extortion attempts made against him. In a FBI memo, though, it is recorded Elvis stating that he was willing to aid the FBI and offered his services in any way needed
Old Man Warner is responsible for Tessie’s death because he is an elder with a large influence on the town, but does not speak up. the idea of the lottery in his view is not a bad thing. While conversing with Mr. Adam, Old Man Warner called the people in the north “Pack of crazy fools” when Mr.Adam told him that the people in the north are considering to give up the lottery. In another event, Old man Warner tells the town “Seventy-seventh year I been in the lottery… Seventy-seventh time.” The main idea of the entire quote of old man Warner is to know that he has been in the process a long time, and the blame has fallen on him because he has not once in his seventy-seven time in the lottery spoke out about the process being inhumanly cruel, or evil. Old man Warner is an elder, and the elder of a town are mostly respected for their wisdom.
A week later the jury changed their verdict to guilty. After Rebecca’s execution on July 19, the residents of Salem began to questioning the validity of the trials, but not enough to stop the trials. However, not all people believed in witchcraft or supported the trial Local farmer John Procter scoffed at the idea of witch
Tradition has a major impact on today’s society, but many years ago, it was a way that people lived to believe and if people did not follow the tradition, they would receive the worst punishment. The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is about an annual lottery, which held in a small town. Every year, the lottery randomly selected a person to be stoned to death, and this practice went on for the past seventy-seven years. By using symbolism, irony, and scapegoat in the story, Jackson shows the reader a violent and corrupted side of humans. Shirley Jackson ironically uses the title to make the reader to think about a big free money that people might receive.
This would upset many white authorities of the army. “It's ironic that Jackie Robinson’s difficulties with white authority in the military led directly to his rise to the top of Branch Rickey’s list of candidates to break baseball’s color barrier” (Swaine 3). This was the turning point in Jackie’s life and the beginning of his baseball career. From here Rickey, “the orchestrator of Organized baseball” as swaine called him, (swaine 3), and the part owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers saw what he needed in Jackie. Rickey and his scouts took a while before finding Jackie.
Robert Redford directed the 1994 movie, Quiz Show; it chronicled the scandal of the 1950s quiz show, Twenty-One and the rise and fall of its most popular contestants and producers. The movie demonstrated the great lengths people would go for fame and fortune. I selected this movie because of the ethical dilemma of cheating and how the whole country was deceived by the game show. Quiz Show: Quiz Show is set in 1958 and chronicles the real-life scandal of the popular game show, Twenty-One. The film is about contestants Herbert Stempel, the Jewish know-it-all from Queens, NY, and Charles Van Doren, a Colombia professor and son of a prominent literary family, who get caught in the middle of fame, fortune, and a rigged game