The Chicago White Sox lost the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds, but not because they were the weaker team. Several Chicago players conspired to throw the series, reputedly in exchange for money from gangster Arnold Rothstein.
The scheme was arranged by first baseman Arnold "Chick" Gandil, who recruited seven others. When it was discovered, they faced charges of conspiring to defraud the public, but even though all of them were acquitted, they were banned for life from major league baseball.
In 1956, Gandil wrote an article for Sports Illustrated in which he admitted his guilt and implicated that of his teammates. "To this day I feel that we got what we had coming," he wrote.