The Dastardly Past: Eddie Cicotte and the Chicago Black Sox.
May 5 marks the anniversary of the death, in 1969, of Eddie Cicotte. Cicotte was one of eight Chicago White Sox baseball players alleged to have thrown the 1919 World Series. Cicotte was a right-handed knuckle-baller who, according to legend, was promised a $10,000 by team owner Charles Comiskey if he won 30 games that season. When Cicotte won game 29, Comiskey is said to have had him benched for fear of having to part with the bonus money. The embittered Cicotte was therefore willing to listen when approached by a gambling syndicate proposing to throw the Series.
While Cicotte was acquitted of criminal conspiracy charges in the aftermath of the Black Sox Scandal, he was banned from baseball for life. He returned to his home state of Michigan where he worked for Ford Motor Company, then retired to a strawberry farm.