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The Black Sox Scandal took place around and during the play of Major League Baseball's 1919 World Series. Eight members of the Chicago White Sox were banned for life from baseball for intentionally losing games, which allowed the Cincinnati Reds to win the World Series. New York gangster Arnold Rothstein supplied the money through his lieutenant Abe Attell, a former featherweight boxing champion.

Chicago White Sox pitcher Eddie Cicotte, right, and outfielder Oscar 'Happy' Felsch, left, during the Black Sox trial in 1921.