I have always had a fascination with the 1919 White Sox, I refuse to call them the "Black Sox". While I am a die hard Red Sox fan my fascination with this White Sox team can be easily explained:
- As you may have guessed, I am fond of the world of sports gambling.
- Joe Jackson is the greatest player to come out of my adopted home state of South Carolina, the second being my first ever favorite player as a small boy, Jim Rice.
- Field of Dreams is the greatest movie of all time, well...that and The Natural.
- Eight Men Out is one of my favorite books and a very underrated movie.
The eight men that were banned forever got screwed. Chick Gandil is tough to defend but the others are sympathetic. Shoeless Joe did take money but did nothing in any of the World Series games that show he was trying to lose.
Then there is Buck Weaver who got screwed over more than any other person in the history of baseball. Weaver was against the idea from the start. He did not take a dime and was trying to convince the others to stop what they were doing. He had hoped that they would come around in time to win the series. That didn't happen and when the truth came out he was lumped in with the rest. His crime was knowing what was going on and not telling anyone about it. Banned for life for not being a snitch is pretty tough. He deserved to be punished for knowing what was going on and doing nothing about it but banned for life? No way!
That leads me to talk about Melissa Dickson. I discovered Melissa on twitter one night a month ago. She is a 25 year old female, easy on the eyes, die hard White Sox fan who is an advocate of Buck Weaver. I know, it sounds like I am making her up. She is a great follow on twitter but be warned her language is R rated, which is what makes her tweets so interesting. She also has a blog and is damn good writer. Her piece on Brett Myers and the lifestyles of professional baseball players is a must read. Thank me later. Of course, "Melissa Dickson" could be a 55 year old guy with a beer gut living in Fort Wayne, that is the problem with the internet, you just never know. Just read up on the Sarah Phillips con job several months back to get an idea how easy it is to pretend to be someone you are not online. I hope Melissa is legit is though. Her blog is a great read and she is an entertaining follow on "the twitta" as Chipper Jones would say.
Ever wonder what would have happened to these eight guys if they were not banned from baseball? That is just one more reason why I love Out of the Park Baseball. I am planning on bringing them all back as rookies in a 1939 dynasty league that I am running. I may even try to get Buck and Joe back together again, this time of course wearing the proper colored Sox.