COLUMBUS, Ohio — It’s one of the biggest scandals in American sports history — the 1919 “Black Sox” scandal in which members of the Chicago White Sox were accused of throwing games in exchange for money from gamblers.
Now, a newsreel clip from the Series against the Cincinnati Reds has been found by a filmmaker who was researching for a documentary about lost films.
“I’m not aware of there being any other footage of the 1919 World Series,” Bill Morrison, who found the clip in the Canadian national archive, told the Columbus Dispatch last month. “Yet it’s inspired who-knows-how-many Hollywood movies.”
One of those movies was the classic “Eight Men Out.”
Eight players, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, from the team were acquitted in court but they were banned for life from baseball.