Eight Men Out (1988)

The 1919 World Series will always be a black mark on the history of Major League Baseball. If you didn’t know, the Chicago White Sox agreed to throw the World Series to Cincinnati in favour of big pay cheques from shady bookers instead of their owner. The details of these events can be argued for days, but the results are pretty concrete. Players got suspended and banned from ever playing again. Shoeless Joe Jackson may be one of the greatest players ever, but if you go to the Hall of Fame you’ll never know because he may or may not have had a hand in the scandal. This movie exposes the general public to the closed-door chat between players, and the ruthless people who bet loads of money to corrupt the game. This movie wouldn’t win any awards or top people’s baseball movies. It accomplishes the bare minimum with storytelling and acting, which may be a good thing or a bad thing, all depending on what you expect from this film. 4/10

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