Rod Blagojevich Wears the Black Sox: A Chicago Tradition

Joseph JoveContributor IMarch 16, 2009

Over one hundred years ago, a tsunami of corruption engulfed The Windy City, and it's residents are still swimming in the stench of that tsunami till this very day.

One of the reasons that Chicago is still waist-high in corruption is because it's never not been.

Many of the politicians that are elected fail the mandate to clean up the city—mostly because they begin to stuff greenbacks into their briefcases faster than you or I can whistle "From Here to Eternity."

Blagojevich ran and won on that very same ancient rhetoric, due to the Governor that preceded him, George Ryan. He was convicted of corruption, as Blago will be shortly.

This makes for the fourth out of the last seven governors of Illinois to be indicted since 1959.

Since 1972, twenty-eight Chicago aldermen have been convicted of a crime. Illinois is by far the most disgustingly corrupt state in the Union. Al Capone surely has a big smelly smile on his bony head.

There is no doubt in my mind that if for some God-forsaken reason our forefathers would have picked Chicago instead of DC as our nations Capital, we would have a bunch of little Hugo Chavez's running around with their heads up their asses making whoopee with our wallets and our wives.

I need to stop shooting fresh remarks because this is a serious topic that affects us all.

The most famous incident of corruption that Chicago is most known for does not involve a Governor with a Three Stooges hair cut ( there I go again), but its major-league baseball club.

The young Chicago little boys might scream out "Say it ain't so, Joe." Well, I'm saying it—the 1919 Chicago White Sox.

Most people believe that they were called the Black Sox for the dark and corrupt nature of the scandal.

Actually they were first called the Black Sox because of their owner Charles Comiskey.

He was the George Costanza of the M.L.B. club owners of his day. That man was as cheap as you can possibly get away with without some strange man with a moustache ripping you up into shreds.

Comiskey walked with his elbows so not to wear out the soles of his shoes. He refused to pay for the players' uniforms to be laundered.

The players became increasingly dirtier as each game progressed. The White Sox would run out on the field in such filthy uniforms that even a Joaquin Phoenix would shrug in disbelief. Hence the Black Sox.

The 1919 Black Sox had the best record in the American League that season. They were one of the most talented teams of that era, next to the 1927 Yankees.

Comiskey's stinginess, some say, was to blame for his players throwing the World Series. He was grossly underpaying his great ball players.

He would promise the players a big bonus in return for a pennant, when they did he would hand each one of them a case of two-dollar champagne.

Some of the players mostly pitchers (eight of them) took an offer to throw the World Series, and that they did.

The eight players were discovered and they were taken to trial. They were not convicted due to lack of evidence, but Landis (the commissioner) banned them from ever wearing a major-league uniform ever again.

One of the players that were banned was the great Shoeless Joe Jackson (one time he played the outfield barefoot). He was actually innocent and could have been one of the greatest of all time.

What could have been one of the greatest dynasties turned out to be a disgrace. Of course I blame Blagojevich.

My name is Joseph Jove, and as the article's photograph show's, " Blogojevich sucks."