Originally Posted by Railsplitter
Interesting that Eddie Collins was a member of the losing squads in both 1914 and 1919.
The more I ponder that, the more interesting it seems. Eddie Collins was hated by his teammates, not the way Ty Cobb is supposed to have been, but in a rather more disrespectful way. Collins' nickname among his teammates was Cocky. He considered himself superior to his teammates, not just as a baseball player, but as a human being, and in an era when most baseball players weren't very well educated, Collins let them know he considered himself better than them. It's possible a hatred for Collins by the core of a team, could have contributed to a team throwing the World Series behind his back even if the feelings didn't serve as a catalyst.
As for the news coverage and the quality of journalism relating to the 1919 World Series, that subject is covered at great length in my favorite book about the scandal, a novel by Harry Stein called Hoopla
that came out about 30 years ago. The story is told in alternating chapters from the perspective of Buck Weaver, beginning with his rookie year with the White Sox, and a fictitious Hearst reporter, from his coverage of the Johnson-Jeffries fight in 1910. It's a great, sometimes funny read, raising questions about journalism, sports and America as it was a century ago. I'm surprised the book didn't generate more attention.
I have always gotten the impression that Hugh Fullerton and Ring Lardner knew about the conspiracy to throw the series. Lardner was a huge White Sox fan, and I think the episode marks a sort of loss of innocence for him, as he would go on to raise a son who would write the subversive screenplay for M*A*S*H after being blacklisted by Hollywood. But I digress. In one of the extras to the anniversary release of Eight Men Out (the one that has D.B Sweeney telling the story of Paul Konerko and bat from the movie and the role it played in the 2005 World Series) John Sayles talks about the scandal as being a sort of loss of false innocence for the country, there being no real foundation for such innocence.