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11 of the biggest lies that made history

These historical lies will make even your biggest lies look harmless.

11 of the biggest lies that made history
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These 'alternative facts' have shaped history.

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1. The Black Sox Baseball Players
1. The Black Sox Baseball Players
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At the 1919 World Series, eight Chicago White Sox baseball players intentionally lost against the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for a gambling bribe of $100,000 (nearly $1.5 million today).

People grew suspicious when the White Sox athletes started to play uncharacteristically bad in the best-of-nine championship Series.

A grand jury investigated the scandalous allegations when the crooked players, dubbed the Black Sox for their shady sports conduct, were indicted on nine counts of conspiracy.

“I don’t know why I did it,” pitcher Eddie Cicotte told the grand jury. “I needed the money. I had the wife and kids.”

But the court’s records documenting their confessions mysteriously vanished, which acquitted the “Black Sox” athletes of all charges with nothing more than a permanent ban from playing Major League Baseball.

Missing court records? Sounds like the beginning of a conspiracy. Check out these 12 crazy conspiracy theories that actually turned out to be true.



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