1919 Black Sox
Early baseball was ripe with gambling scandals as a number of players were banned for allegedly throwing games. But it all came to a head in 1921, when MLB banned eight members of the 1919 Chicago White Sox World Series team. Known as the Black Sox Scandal, these eight players were accused of conspiring to throw the World Series, which they lost to the NL champion Cincinnati Reds. 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson (bottom row, 2nd from left) came to most notoriety for the his involvement in the scandal thanks in large part to a mythical account of his interaction with a young fan. Although now part of baseball lore, Jackson denied any truth to the accounts stating that a little boy pleaded with him to say the charges against him weren't true as he left a courthouse only to be rebuffed by Jackson's sad admittance.