Could the Black Sox scandal happen today? Steve Wulf, ESPN · October 10, 2019 at 5:09 am Too soon? One hundred years might seem like a long enough time to wait. But what we are talking about here is the Black Sox scandal, baseball’s darkest hour and an oft-told tale that has captured the imagination of historians, novelists, filmmakers and those fans who feel the betrayal in their bones. The gamblers and crooked ballplayers who conspired to fix the outcome of the 1919 World Series robbed people not only of their money but also of their faith in baseball. That’s why baseball became puritanical about gambling, why Rule 21d, the prohibition of betting, has been posted in clubhouses since 1927, why the all-time hit king, Pete Rose, was banished from baseball.