The Old-Fashioned MLB Scandals 


If a sporting activity is ongoing with high-stakes can a scandal be far behind? Scandals are generally associated with major corporations and possibly among celebrities and athletes who have found themselves embroiled in a number of situations. Ever since it was established in 1869, major league baseball has also witnessed numerous scandals where players, coaches, owners and even external entities have played a role and displayed unprofessional behavior. 

Some of the scandals involving the MLB are well-known and one of the biggest examples is the 1919 world series when Pete Rose was banned from baseball for life and the recent allegations of steroid use by certain players with big names. Other scandals which are also shocking but are not as popular have also been noted. Given below are some of the biggest old-fashioned MLB scandals. We call them old-fashioned because those were the days when doping, and the modern methods of cheating were not discovered. The methods used during the past have come back to haunt various sporting disciplines throughout the world. Let us look at the MLB scandals which became popular during the past. 

 You could be a kid for as long as you want when you play baseball. Cal Ripken, Jr.

mlb-1The Black Sox Scandal Of 1919 

This is the story of eight unscrupulous players of the 1919 white socks team which intentionally threw the World Series game to the Cincinnati Reds. The players had been paid off by gamblers who had bet big money on the socks losing the series. The players not have an opportunity to enjoy the money because they were discovered soon after. A trial was conducted in 1921 after two players provided confessions to a grand jury investigation. The eight players were found not guilty on the charges but were banned, nevertheless, by the commissioner of baseball. 

The All-Star Game of 1957 

Voters trying to stuff ballot boxes in shady elections is always heard about but something similar happened in the MLB All-Star games in 1957. Cincinnati fans voted for seven of their players for the nine starting names on the national league team. There were a lot of finger-pointing along with rumors that bartenders refused to serve drinks to patrons, unless they filled out ballots. It was the cause of a major shakeup within the sport of baseball, and fans were thereafter not allowed to vote for All-Star games until 1970. 

mlb-2Wife Swapping 

Media attention is showered on players wearing Yankee pinstripes but the situation was different in 1973 when Yankee stars Fritz Peterson and Mike Kekich grabbed the headlines for unconventional reasons. They traded their wives along with their families. This was a real scorcher for people who heard about it and was certainly scandalous. The good part of the story, however, is the fact that Peterson is still married to Mike’s former wife and has proven that unconventional stories can indeed have a happy ending. 

Owners Colluding During The 80s 

Conspiracies of owners colluding with each other to keep contracts of players short and wages down have been doing the rounds for quite some time. However, the matter did not remain under the wraps for long with agents and players getting information about what was happening. The major-league baseball players Association filed complaints in 1986 and 1989. Players concluded that it was a theft, and the collusion scandal of the 80s was pointed out as one of the reasons for the players strike in 1994. 

The Cocaine Scandal 

Cocaine was being used widely in baseball, and it was perhaps the best-kept secret during the 80s. Everyone was doing cocaine and it included celebrities, athletes and even rock stars. However, being an illegal substance the use of cocaine came to be heard in the Pittsburgh drug trials during 1995. 11 players were suspended from the MLB though none of the players were required to do any time because they had been given immunity. This was the first revelation of drugs being used in sports within America and was considered as one of the biggest scandals to hit the sporting world. 

 If you don’t like the way the Atlanta Braves are playing then you don’t like baseball. Chuck Tanner

It was after these old-fashioned scandals that Peat Rose were banned, and the entry of performance-enhancing drugs was also discovered. The MLB has certainly outlived these scandals but can it now be assumed that the old-fashioned MLB scandals will at present make way for the modern versions of cheating to make an entry?  


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