The 2019 History Lecture Series: Men in Black Sox, with speaker Steve Wulf



The History Lecture Series is an annual collaboration between the Wilton Library and the Wilton Historical Society. Each year a theme is developed, and respected scholars are engaged to provide a lively, thought-provoking talk on their specialty subject. The lecture is followed by a question and answer period and reception. Generous sponsors make it all possible; each lecture is individually sponsored.

The 2019 History Lecture Series

‘Sex, Scandal and Upheaval: 1919 – What’s Changed?’

Sunday, March 10, 4 – 5:30, at Wilton Historical Society

Men in Black Sox

Speaker: Steve Wulf
Moderator: Steve Hudspeth
Sponsored by MaryGail and Jerry Gristina

Veteran sports writer Steve Wulf is at the plate with the story of the infamous cheating scandal that enveloped the 1919 World Series. One hundred years ago, the stage was set for the darkest drama in the history of baseball: the Black Sox Scandal. Upset at the penny-pinching ways of White Sox owner Charles Comiskey, and tempted by the riches promised to them by gamblers, several members of the team conspired to help the Cincinnati Red Stockings win the 1919 World Series. When the truth became known, eight players, one of whom was the great Shoeless Joe Jackson, were put on trial and exonerated… only to be expelled from the game by Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis who had been hired as the first baseball commissioner in order to clean up the game. In subsequent years, the mysteries surrounding the ’19 Series developed into a mythology that fascinates us to this very day. While the talk will center on the causes, results and outcomes of the fix, it will also touch on the books (Eight Men Out) and movies (Field of Dreams) that have sprung from the Black Sox Scandal. We might even ask the question: Can it happen today?

Steve Wulf is a Senior Writer with ESPN, where he has happily worked since 1997, when he became one of the founding editors of ESPN: The Magazine. Before that, he was a writer for Time magazine and Sports Illustrated, and before that he was a sportswriter for the Fort Lauderdale News and the Evening Sun in Norwich, NY, where he started his career after graduating from Hamilton College in 1972.

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