One of the greatest baseball players of all time was banned from the game for life after he and seven other players accepted bribes to throw a game in what year?
1919 World Series
The eight “Chicago Black Sox players of the Chicago White Sox were accused of intentionally losing the 1919 World Seriesagainst the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for money from gamblers.
The fallout from the scandal resulted in the appointment of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis as the first Commissioner of Baseball, granting him absolute control over the sport in order to restore its integrity.
Despite acquittals in a public trial in 1921, Judge Landis permanently banned all eight men from professional baseball. Despite requests for reinstatement in the decades that followed (particularly in the case of Shoeless Joe Jackson), the ban remains in force as of 2016.