College community invited to showing of “Eight Men Out”

The college community is invited to a showing of “Eight Men Out,” the award-winning film about the corruption of the National Pastime and the American Dream on Tuesday, March 19 at 7 p.m., Morris Conference Center, Room 104.

The movie adaptation details the Black Sox Scandal – the “fixing” of the 1919 World Series by eight members of the pennant-winning Chicago White Sox. The players, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, yielded to the temptation of illicit money from gamblers and gangsters.

This is the centennial year of the event that nearly toppled Major League Baseball, shattered “the faith of 50 million,” and reflected post-World War I corruption and labor conditions.

History Professor Bill Simons will provide an introduction to the film and lead a post-screening discussion with the participation of Co-Program Organizer and History Department Chair Matthew Hendley. (Co-Sponsored by the History Department and the UUP Labor Film Series.)