The 1919 Chicago White Sox Scandalize the Baseball World (feat. Jake Johnson) – Drunk History


– Hello, I am Katie Nolan, and this is the story
of the Blackhawks. Blackhawks? – You wanna do
“Black Hawk Down”? – Maybe.
– I feel, like, we should do– – Should we do the baseball
thing instead, and then maybe next time
we’ll do “Black Hawk Down.” – Yeah, [bleep], yeah.
God bless Josh Hartnett though. – Hello, I’m Katie Nolan, and this is the Black Sox
scandal.[old timey music]Our story begins in 1919,exactly 100 years ago.The Chicago White Soxare in the middle
of a winning season.
They’re owner,
Charles Comiskey,
is a piece of shit.He’s making a bunch of money.He hasn’t even paid for their
laundering of their uniforms.
The players are like,
this is bullshit.
We’re playing good baseball,and we should be
paid more money
because we’re people
and we have families.
So the–the players are being
[bleep]ed by ownership, and they were pissed.So Chick Gandil,
first baseman,
he’s like, look, I’m towards
the end of my career.
I want to make
a bunch of money,
and I can’t make
a bunch of money
because I’m not getting
paid it.
So Arnold Rothstein,
who was a mob dude…
Arnold Rothstein
approaches him and he says,
Hey, kid,I want to make money.
You want to make money.
You play games for a living.I will pay you moneysand you will throw
the World Series.
And he’s like,
that’s it?
That’s so easy.
I can lose.
And so Rothstein said,look,
I’m glad you’re on the team,
but one person is not enough
to throw a baseball game.
We’re gonna need a lot
of other people.
Maybe, like, eight people?So he called a meetingwith a bunch of players
on the team.
Now, that included
Eddie Cicotte,
Lefty Williams, and then
Shoeless Joe Jackson.
And so Chick Gandil,
he’s like,
look, everybody,
I met this dude.
He will give us $100,000if we lose the World Series.And a lot of them were like,uh, what?
I love baseball.
All I’ve ever done is devoted
my life to baseball.
And Chick’s like,
yeah, no, I get it,
but we can make
more money losing
than we will earn notoriety
winning.
So…
the guys like,
I will compromise everything
for some cash.
So the players leave
that meeting,
and they recruited a bunch
of dudes within the team.
So they have eight people.I wanna bring the mic down
to my face. – [laughs]– We get to the point where
they get to the World Series.
Chicago White Sox versus
Cincinnati Reds.
Game one, best of nine.The White Sox,
heavily favored,
and Eddie Cicotte takes
the mound.
So the signal betweenthe players
and the gambling guy
was that Eddie would hit
the very first batter.He winds up,
he throws his first pitch,
and it’s a perfect strike.He throws it right down
the middle,and everyone’s like,
wait, what the [bleep]?
I thought we were gonna
throw the game.
Second pitch, winds up,
throws it.
Thunk.
Hits the batter,
and so everybody knows,
oh, it’s on.
So the game goes on
and on and on.
Eddie throws terrible pitches.They lose 9-1.– Holy shit.– Papers come out the next day,
Derek. [giggles]
And they’re like,what?But we got to go
on to game two.Throughout the series,
they keep losing.
Whoopsies, I should have
probably caught that.
And then they were like,oh, I wish I could throw
that to the plate,
but I can only throw it
to the pitcher.
Oh, a line drive.
[wimpy scream]
Whoopsies.And Chick Gandil was like,I’m gonna get this. I got it.
I got it. I got it.
And he waved everybody off,and then instead
he just didn’t got it.
– [laughs]– I’m getting too drunk to be
able to maintain– – You’re okay. We’re just gonna finish
that story. – So the series is 4-1.Lefty Williams says,hey, we have not received
any payments.
We’re not gonna keep throwing
our legacy for nothing.
Let’s go up it–
on the baseball field.
Let’s come from behindand win this World Series!Yeah!So for the next few games
they’re, like, trying.
They’re winning,
then the night before
the eighth game of the seriesArnold Rothstein
and his associates
visited Lefty Williams
in his hotel room.
Rothstein says,if by the first inningit isn’t obvious
we’re gonna lose,
I’ll murder your wife.And Lefty Williams was like,
I’m shook.
So game eight,
Lefty goes out,
he’s the starting pitcher,
and he sucks.
Real bad.
Like, on purpose bad,and they end up losing
10 to 5,
and that’s it.
The World Series is over
and Cincinnati has won.People were shocked,and then there started
to be these rumors.
People are like,
uh…
it felt fixed.And the press labels
the White Sox the Black Sox.
– Why?– It’s black mark. It’s bad. Forever.
– [laughs]– So there’s a grand jury
investigation,
and Eddie Cicotte
and Shoeless Joe
both break down in front
of the grand jury.
And he said,yup, [slap resounds]
I did it.
I have no family.
[slap resounds]
I didn’t make enough money.
[slap resounds]
– Is your hand okay when you
did that?
[slap resounds] – Ow, don’t do that. [slap resounds]
– Hey, hey, hey.[slap resounds]Shoeless Joe was like,I am
Shoeless Joe Jackson
and I’m not wearing
any shoes! – [laughs] – This is what led to the very
first commissioner of baseball.He had the most
first name ever.
Kenesaw Mountain Landis.He comes out and he’s like,we won’t stand for
no cheaters,
and so all those eight meninvolved in
the Black Sox scandal,
banned from baseball
for life.
And so now there’s
no more cheaters left
in major league baseball,except all the cheaters
that existed after that.
I have no shoes on. Boop.
[mic thuds] Do you get it? It’s black socks.

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