Talk of a possible fix began amonga group that included outfielder , third baseman Buck Weaver, and Eddie Cicotte. Gandil knew that Cicotte, Chicago's acepitcher, Cicotte, had money troubles,havingbought a farm in Michigan that came with high mortgage payments. Cicotte at first resisted Gandil's suggestion that he join in a fix ofthe Series, but eventually his scruples gave way. Three daysbefore the Series began, he told Gandil,"I'll do it for $10,000-- the Series begins." In 1920, Cicotte explained his decision to join the fix to a grandjury: "They wanted me to go crooked. I needed themoney. I had the wife and kids. I had bought thefarm." According to Cicotte's later confession, when he went backto his roomlater, "I found the money under my pillow; I had sold out 'Commy' andthe other boys."


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