Directed by john sayles with john cusack clifton james michael lerner christopher lloyd a dramatization of the black sox scandal when the underpaid chicago white sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 world series. Eight men out is a 1988 sports drama film based on eliot asinofs 1963 book eight men out the black sox and the 1919 world seriesit was written and directed by john saylesthe film is a dramatization of major league baseballs black sox scandal in which eight members of the chicago white sox conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the 1919 world series. Eight men out is a period piece about the infamous fixing of the 1919 world series by eight chicago white sox players who did it with varying degrees of enthusiasm and reluctance in cooperation with big time gamblers who had approached them this movie is based on the excellent 1963 eliot asinof book of the same name. Eight men out the movie was one of my favorite baseball movies so i thought id listen to the audio book there is a lot more to the story in the book than there was in the movie it is interesting how gambling really controlled baseball back in the beginning of the sports. Eight men out is a book that vividly describes the events of the 1919 world series and the events that followed eliot asinof describes in life like detail the meetings about how the baseball players and the gamblers were going to fix the games each game of the world series and specific plays that lost the white sox the series the exposure of the fix and how that impacted the american past
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