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Gene Carney is the author of Romancing the Horsehide: Baseball Poems on Players and the Game and numerous articles in publications ranging from USA Today's Sports Weekly to academic journals and small magazines. He lives in Utica, New York.
"Aiming to supersede Eliot Asinof's EIGHT MEN OUT, veteran baseball researcher Carney unpacks the history of the scandal to reveal new sources and new elements to the tale. Asking who knew what about the fix, when they knew it, and what they did about it, he answers with a fully documented study of scandal and cover-up that should prove essential for all baseball collections." --LIBRARY JOURNAL "It is startling to think that immutable baseball history you've 'known' since childhood is nothing more than a pile of unconnected errors. Gene Carney has convinced me: few of us know a thing about the 1919 World Series, and that if Joe Jackson and his colleagues committed any crimes, they paled in comparison to the cover-up effected by the game's management. And all that is particularly evocative and relevant today, as we try to figure out if the game's management is trying to expose the use of performance-enhancing drugs or hide the evidence of it."--Keith Olbermann--Keith Olbermann "If you think you know the story of the 'Black Sox Scandal, ' think again and start reading. This thoroughly researched and well-balanced account goes well beyond anything that has ever been written about it before. Gene Carney has done a world championship job."--Bill Deane, former senior research associate, National Baseball Hall of Fame--Bill Deane "I thought that I knew everything about the Black Sox Scandal until I read this book. Gene Carney has not entirely solved the puzzle; nobody possibly could. But thanks to his detective work we have a lot more of the pieces and a fuller picture of what occurred both during the 1919 World Series and, equally significantly, during the cover-up that followed."--Jules Tygiel, author of Past Time: Baseball as History--Jules Tygiel