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World Series

Flashback: Story of 1919 Black Sox scandal still resonates

The front page headline of the Aug. 3, 1921, Chicago Daily Tribune blared: "Jury Frees Baseball Men." Eight White Sox players charged with throwing the 1919 World Series were acquitted by a 12-man jury that deliberated just 2 hours, 47 minutes. The story captivated the nation and continues to stir fan curiosity and debate. Several hundred people who jammed into the Cook County courthouse shouted: "Hooray for the clean Sox!" as they flung their hats in the air and whistled. Even Judge Hugo N. Friend managed a smile before returning to his chambers. White Sox pitcher Ed Cicotte leaped to his feet and pounded teammate "Shoeless" Joe Jackson on the back,...