Eight Men Out (Sayles, 1988)

Gambling in the early days of baseball has unfortunately evolved into the steroid era of recent years, but the negative affect on the game will eternally be the same. Corruption in professional sports might not seem like a pressing matter in these turbulent and violent times, but we must remember the ones hurt most by the cheating of sports heroes is always the youngsters who idolize them. While John Sayles mosaic of the 1919 Black Sox scandal adopts an appropriately detailed and historically savvy approach, it’s his treatment of the child fan that stands out, boys whose faith in the purity of baseball becomes tarnished forever. These street urchins feel incredible disappointment when the grown up world of greed and intimidation invade their national pastime, and the results linger long after the film. The only word that comes to mind for Shoeless Joe, Bucky, or their modern day counterparts, has to be shame.

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