In the mid-1910’s, the Chicago White Sox were the best team in baseball by far. Led by players such as Shoeless Joe Jackson (who never played the game shoeless), the best online sports betting websites remember Chicago as being the dominant team of the decade. No team hit like the White Sox, no team had the pitching that the White Sox had and no team was more aggressive on the base paths than the White Sox.
The sportsbook agents of the early 1900’s always wrote about the horrible financial conditions in MLB at the time. While owners were making fortunes off their teams, the players were not seeing the salaries that they needed. Most MLB players held down two or three offseason jobs just to make ends meet. Even the players on the Chicago White Sox had to take on extra work just to pay the bills and feed their families. This was also a time when gambling was becoming huge and sporting events made as much money for big gamblers as they did for the team owners.
Prior to the 1919 World Series, it was a foregone conclusion that the White Sox would win. It was such a foregone conclusion that some rich gamblers decided to pay key White Sox players to throw the series. The sports book agents of the day could not believe it when the White Sox lost the 1919 World Series. Halfway through the 1920 season, it was discovered that players such as Shoeless Joe Jackson had taken bribes to throw the series.
The World Series title was handed over to the Cincinnati Reds and Shoeless Joe Jackson, along with the other players, were banned from baseball for life. Through it all, the players who threw the series never got a penny of the money they were promised.