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Three days before the end of the 1920 season, with the Sox in a tight race with Cleveland and New York, Jackson and seven teammates were indicted and suspended. Chicago finished second, two games back. Jackson told a grand jury that he had plotted with the others to throw the Series. He said he had accepted a $5,000 bribe but then had a change of heart and tried to return the money. A jury found him and his teammates (dubbed the Black Sox) innocent of attempting to "defraud the public," but they earned lifetime bans from baseball from commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis.
EDDIE (COCKY) COLLINS, 1915-26
The Black Sox conspirators hadn't dared to approach the White Sox captain. "That's one guy we can't get," first baseman Chick Gandil, the point man, had told the gambler's agent. "And if he ever gets wise, we are sunk. He'll tell the world."
The upright second baseman did everything superlatively--hit, field, run and think. Collins batted .372 in '20 and .337 in '21, but even he couldn't save that ultimately decimated team, which plummeted to seventh in the eight-club league. Chicago didn't escape the second division again until '36.
LUKE APPLING, 1930-50
Known as Old Aches and Pains because of his litany of complaints--everything from dizzy spells to throbbing kneecaps-- Appling took his misery out on opposing pitchers, punching out 2,749 hits (all but 587 of them singles) and winning two batting titles. His .388 average in '38 was the highest for a shortstop in the century. Yet he could never rally the Sox to the postseason.
Appling's Sox hit rock bottom not in '32, when they finished 49-102, 56 games back, but in '42, when manager Jimmy Dykes threatened to activate the coaching staff as players. That year, after nine straight seasons of batting .300 or better, Appling hit .262 for the sixth-place club. He blamed his drop-off on the fact that he had been healthy all season.
AL (FUZZY) SMITH, 1958-62
The 1950s are recalled as the golden age of the Go-Go Sox. Last in the majors in steals in '50, the team led the pack in '51 after Paul Richards was named manager. The Wizard of Waxahachie made the Sox go-go by snagging speedy Minnie Mi�oso from the Indians and installing rookie Jim Busby in centerfield. Chicago went on to 17 winning seasons in a row.
Still, the Go-Gos were only slightly better than so-so until '59, when they won the pennant. The fan favorite was shortstop Luis Aparicio, who had 56 steals. The favorite target of abuse was Smith, who had come to Chicago from Cleveland in a deal for the popular Mi�oso.