The Black Sox: 100 Years of Myth and History | Newberry

The Black Sox: 100 Years of Myth and History

Led by Bill Savage. Six sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Wednesdays, June 26 - July 31 

6 - 7:30 pm

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $210
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Seminar Description

In the century since Charles Comiskey’s White Sox threw the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds, the story of the Black Sox has developed into an American myth of greed, criminality, sin, and redemption. In this seminar, we will examine the growth of the Black Sox myth, looking at the contributions of writers and film-makers like Nelson Algren and John Sayles in particular. At the same time, we’ll explore the actual history of the episode, identifying the many ways it diverges from the myth, as revealed by historians associated with the Society for American Baseball Research.

Six sessions. E – $210, L – $231

Bill Savage teaches in the English Department at Northwestern University. He has written about baseball for and is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. He has taught seminars at the Newberry since 1992.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.