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The Year 1919

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matter. Grabiner wrote that he never hear back from the N.L. President.

"Harry's Diary" as it has come to be known, provides further insight as to the National Commission's poor handling of the Black Sox Scandal. For example, Grabiner writes about a conversation that took place between his boss, Charles Comiskey and N.L. President John Heydler in a luxury box during Game 2. Heydler advised Comiskey that Ban Johnson dismissed the information of the fix "with a sneering remark" and that Commission Chairman August Herrmann took cognizance of the charges, but claimed that the National Commission "made inquiries" into the matter and discovered nothing amiss. Futhermore, Grabiner wrote that Charles Comiskey approached Heydler a second time during the Series regarding the fixing of the World Series, but to no avail.

 
When Ban Johnson had Chairman Herrmann hold the third place purse money from the New York Yankees after the 1919 World Series, the Yankees in turn filed a $500,000 lawsuit against Johnson. The money was withheld due to the Yankees obtaining Carl Mays from the Red Sox earlier in the season, against Ban Johnson's wishes. With an insurrection mounting against Herrmann, John Heydler and Ban Johnson were asked by the baseball owners to find a new ruler for the game. On November 12,1920 a resolution was unanimously passed to appoint Kenesaw Mountain Landis as baseball's first Commissioner.
The fixing of the 1919 World Series was not just a mere group of ballplayers looking to get rich quick. Rather, it was due to baseball's history of exploiting labor, a compromising stance on the gambling issue, a weakened governing body and politics within the establishment, all of which made the climate in October 1919 ideal for a scandal of this magnitude to take place.
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