Author David Pietrusza Available to Discuss Arnold Rothstein, the Chicago White Sox, and the 1919 World Series Fix

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Award-Winning Baseball Author David Pietrusza Available to Discuss Arnold Rothstein, the Black Sox (Chicago White Sox), and the 1919 World Series Fix.

Award-winning baseball historian David Pietrusza is available for media (radio, TV, print) interviews regarding Arnold Rothstein, the Black Sox, and the 1919 World Series Fix as well as on the broader topic of gambling in baseball.

Pietrusza brings a unique, articulate, knowledgeable voice to the discussion. His most recent book, Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series (Carroll & Graf), is a compelling and vivid biography of gambler Arnold Rothstein and presents a riveting, masterfully-researched view of the Black Sox Scandal and its many participants (Rothstein, Abe Attell, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Buck Weaver, Chick Gandil, Ed Cicotte, Happy Felsch, Swede Risberg, Lefty Williams, Charles Comiskey, Ban Johnson et al).

Rothstein reveals:

· The amazing, complex story of how gambling kingpin Arnold Rothstein conspired to fix the 1919 World Series—and kept out of jail when the whole scheme blew sky high.

· Arnold Rothstein’s mysterious November 1928 murder. Finally revealed: Who did it. Why. And why so many powerful people found the truth inconvenient.

· How Rothstein’s violent death eventually helped bring down Tammany Hall, the nation’s biggest political machine—and helped make Fiorello LaGuardia mayor and Franklin Roosevelt president.

· The Mystery of Millions in stolen bonds. The accused: dapper conman Nicky Arnstein. His wife: Broadway star Fanny Brice. The shadowy figure behind the crime: Arnstein’s idol, Arnold Rothstein.

· How on July 4, 1921 Arnold Rothstein won $850,000 on a single horse race—and had it figured how he would make money even if his horse lost.

· How Arnold Rothstein and his henchman Abe Attell boldly worked to fix the first Jack Dempsey-Gene Tunney heavyweight title fight.

· Wall Street swindles and scams in the Roaring Twenties. The bankroll behind the crooked brokerage houses: Arnold Rothstein.

· The Story behind Arnold Rothstein’s brilliant, flamboyant lawyer: Bill “The Great Mouthpiece” Fallon. How Fallon saved himself from jury-tampering charges by putting media czar William Randolph Hearst and his mistress actress Marion Davies on trial.

· How Arnold Rothstein and Captain Alfred Loewenstein, “the world’s third-richest person, worked to create the modern international drug trade.

· How Arnold Rothstein became the father of organized crime, mentor to gangland immortals Meyer Lansky, Lucky Luciano, Legs Diamond, Lepke Buchalter.

Rothstein: The Life, Times and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series was nominated for a prestigious Edgar Award (Best Fact Crime Book Category) by the Mystery Writers of America.

Pietrusza’s earlier work, Judge and Jury: The Life and Times of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis (Diamond Communications), chronicles the career of baseball’s first commissioner, the man who cleansed baseball of its gambling scandals in the wake of the fix.

Judge and Jury won the 1998 CASEY Award as best baseball book of the year.

The Washington Post calls Rothstein: "a morsel worth chewing over during the long, dark months between seasons. . . . engaging . . ."

The New York Times says: "Pietrusza, the author of several books about baseball, does a terrific job capturing Rothstein's colorful career and sheds new light on Rothstein's role in fixing the World Series . . ." called Pietrusza's work "the classic biography of Rothstein."

Pietrusza is former co-editor of Total Baseball: The Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball and president of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR).

Author David Pietrusza has appeared on such national outlets as NPR, ESPN Classic, ABC, ESPN-2, ESPN-Radio, the Fox News Channel, the ComCast Network, and The Tim McCarver Show.

He is available for interviews. (

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