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The Great Gatsby and the Fixing of the the 1919 World Series

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melissa villarreal

on 28 March 2014

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Transcript of The Great Gatsby and the Fixing of the the 1919 World Series

This chapter is mainly about Jay Gatsby. Gatsby takes Nick out for lunch and tells him all about his past. Nick meets one of Gatsby's friends Mr. Wolfsheim who fixed the 1919 World Series. Then Jordan Baker tells Nick about Gatsby's and Daisy's history together and that Gatsby wants to see Daisy again. Gatsby wants Nick to invite Daisy to his house so that Gatsby can come over and meet with her.
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the fixing of 1919 world series
It started with William Thomas Burns and Billy Maharg. Burns had a connection with the players and Maharg was the gambler. These two men went to two of the White Sox players Cicotte and Gandil to fix the series. They wanted to make the White Sox lose so that they could bet money on the Cincinnati Reds and win. They decided to add six more members of the team to ensure the game’s outcome. The group grew so big that suspicious began to arise. The players were going to make a years’ worth of pay. But because so many people were involved word got out. The fix was successful but rumors began to rise during the next season. Late in 1920, the eight players called the "Black Sox" were indicted. They were all cleared of charges but were still banned for life from playing baseball professionally.
The Great Gatsby and the Fixing of the the 1919 World Series
"It never occurred to me that one man could start to play with the faith of fifty million people--with the single-mindedness of a burglar blowing a safe"
"'Meyer Wolfsheim? No, he's a gambler.' Gatsby hesitated, then added coolly: 'He's the man who fixed the World's Series back in 1919'. "
Fitzgerald, 73
Why is the 1919 World Series Fix included in The Great Gatsby
Fitzgerald includes the 1919 World Series Fix because baseball became very popular in the early 1900s and was "America's Pastime".
Fitzgerald also is able to show the type of people Gatsby hanged out with. Mr. Wolfsheim, a friend of Gatsby, fixed the World's Sereis in 1919 which shows that Gatsby does not have morally good friends which can mean that Gatsby is not morally good himself.
Fitzgerald also gives insight about the people during this time period. People who gambled, cheated, and did other crime that was common during this time.
Works Cited
"Players Confess to Fixing 1919 World Series" 26 March 2014
"1919 World Series" 27 March 2014
"1919 World Series: Black Sox Scandal" 27 March 2014
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