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Eight Men Out (1988)

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A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

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The great Chicago White Sox team of 1919 is the saddest team to ever win a pennant. The team is bitter at their penny pincher owner, Charles Comiskey, and at their own teammates. Gamblers take advantage of this opportunity to offer some players money to throw the series. (Most of the players didn't get as much as promised.) But Buck Weaver and the great Shoeless Joe Jackson turn back at the last minute and try to play their best. The Sox actually almost come back from a 3-1 deficit. Two years later, the truth breaks out and the Sox are sued on multiple counts. They are found innocent by the jury but baseball commissioner Landis has other plans. The eight players are suspended for life, and Buck Weaver, for the rest of his life, tries to clear his name. Written by Patrick Lynn <pjustinl@worldnet.att.net>

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2 September 1988 (USA)  »

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In 1922, a petition signed by 14,000 White Sox fans was delivered to Kenesaw Mountain Landis regarding Buck Weaver being reinstated. Landis denied the request. See more »

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When the players meet the lawyers for the first time, the head counsel introduced his co-counsels by likening them to famous ballplayers (i.e.: "The Ty Cobb of lawyers"). One of the Sox players asks, "Who is the Babe Ruth?" The head counsel replies "I am". In the time line of the film, however, which is suggested to be between the 1919 and 1920 seasons, Babe Ruth would have just completed his final season with the Boston Red Sox, and also was his first season playing more than 100 games, and he might not have been as famous as he became later. However, the actual indictments of the players (and the meeting with the lawyers) took place after the 1920 season. In 1920, the Babe had by far the greatest offensive season ever, being the first player to 30, 40 and 50 home runs in a season, as well as setting a slugging percentage record that stood for more than 80 years. See more »

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Great account of baseball's troubled past.
26 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We were a young,innocent nation in 1919,though we did have our troubles. Luckily,we had a relatively new game of baseball to take us away from those troubles.Surely,nothing bad could happen to such a great game,or so we thought.It seems that eight players took bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series,and we did not take it very well.How could they?How could they betray our trust and our fanship this way? This film,which incidentally never has gotten the full credit it has deserved over the years,brilliantly brings to life this scandal which gave our nation one big black eye.It is a must see for any true fan of baseball. Baseball indeed has a mostly colorful history,but there was a time when that color was black.Over the years,the wounds have healed,but the scars remain.A truly brilliant and underrated film.


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