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Inning three explores the Black Sox scandal in “The Faith of Fifty Million People” on BASEBALL – March 30 at 9 pm

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Thursday, March 30 at 9:00 pm


Part Three: March 30, 9 pm

“The Faith of Fifty Million People”

Baseball legend Babe Ruth at bat
Baseball legend Babe Ruth on deck


Before and after World War I, a steady stream of immigrants land on the shores of America. They want instantly to become American, to pursue the American dream, to play the American game. Inning Three, The Faith of Fifty Million People, examines the century’s second decade, which was dominated by the Black Sox scandal. George Herman “Babe” Ruth makes his first major league appearance.

The Black Sox scandal, which is at the center of the third inning, reveals how eight members of the Chicago White Sox including the incomparable shoeless Joe Jackson, “Played with the faith of 50 million people,” as F. Scott Fitzgerald later wrote, by taking money from gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series.