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Summary: Here's a sermon to preach at baseball's World Series time.

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You Never Win By Cheating

Galatians 6:1-7

1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

2Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

3For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

4But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

5For each one shall bear his own load.

6Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.

7Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

The 2015 World Series is underway.

The New York Mets are facing the Kansas City Royals.

So many people are focused in on the World Series.

I'm sure the players for both teams are trying hard to win it.

That wasn't true back in 1919.

It resulted in what is known today as "The Black Sox Scandal".

The Chicago White Sox were facing the Cincinnati Reds.

Even before the Series started on October 2,

there were rumors among gamblers that the series was fixed.

A sudden flood of money being bet on the Cincinnati Reds

caused the odds against them to fall rapidly.

Hugh Fullerton of the Chicago Herald and Examiner

and ex-player and manager Christy Mathewson,

decided to compare notes on any plays and players

that they felt were questionable.

The conspiracy was the idea

of White Sox first baseman Arnold "Chick" Gandil,

who had longstanding ties to underworld figures.

He believed that the White Sox could intentionally lose the series.

He persuaded Joseph "Sport" Sullivan, a professional gambler,

that the fix could be pulled off.

New York gangster Arnold Rothstein supplied the money

To pay the players a bribe to lose the games..

Gamblers continued to bet heavily against the White Sox.

However, most fans and observers were ignoring the rumors.

Chick Gandil enlisted several of his teammates,

motivated by a dislike of club owner Charles Comiskey

whom they perceived as a tightwad, to implement the fix;

Comiskey had developed a reputation for underpaying his players.

Starting pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Claude "Lefty" Williams,

outfielder Oscar "Happy" Felsch,

and shortstop Charles "Swede" Risberg were with Gandil.

Third baseman Buck Weaver was asked to participate, but refused.

Utility infielder Fred McMullin got word of the fix

and threatened to report the others unless he was in on the payoff.

Outfielder "Shoeless" Joe Jackson was also named as a participant,

though his involvement is disputed.

What would you do if someone like Chick Gandil came to you?

Each day of our lives we are faced with ethical decisions.

We ask ourselves "What is the right thing to do?

The world is full of deceit, evil, lies, and cheating.

We feel the pressures of the world each and every day.

To make the honor roll, a student cheats on examinations.

To lower a tax bill, an businessman pads business expenses.

To be the best in a sport, an athlete takes steroids.

Cheating on your taxes to get a bigger return


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