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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
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In many scenes players are seen tossing their gloves down on the field near their positions before they head to the dugout. Until the 1950s this was common practice - players would leave their gloves on the field while at bat. Because of the hazards involved - players stepping/tripping on them and batted or thrown balls caroming off in odd directions after hitting them - the leagues requested and then demanded that players take their gloves with them to the dugout. It finally took a rule change banning the practice and imposing fines to get players to stop doing it. See more »
In the scene before the first game in Cincinnati, Buck Weaver and Kid Gleason are talking at home plate in the empty ballpark. Buck (John Cusack) is swinging a Louisville Slugger. While the bat is probably an older one, it clearly has the "Powerized" label on it. Louisville Sluggers did not have this label until 1931, 12 years after the 1919 World Series. See more »
Everything's right in this period piece on baseball's darkest moment. Film eschews standard Hollywood overkill and presents things as they actually happened [you won't see Shoeless Joe talking like a Harvard grad in this one]; also avoids taking sides between greedy players and greedy owner, and lets you decide who screwed who. Fantastic atmosphere. Cusack as Buck Weaver, on the fringes of the scandal, and David Strathairn, as ace pitcher Eddie Cicotte, lead a cast which is solid through the whole lineup.
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