Mapping Biases in Baseball Tales: The Black Sox Scandal

 

Network visualization of Chick Gandil's narrative of the 1919 Black Sox Scandal
Network visualization of Chick Gandil’s narrative of the 1919 Black Sox Scandal

This project investigates how the use of network visualizations can be used to highlight potential bias in narratives and citation networks that prioritize the use of a single ‘definitive’ source, using the Black Sox Scandal as an example. Using the network visualization tool Gephi, a picture of player involvement in the scandal is depicted, as described in the first-person account of Chick Gandil. Reweighting the network using eigenvector centrality, it is shown how Gandil uses his own narrative to position himself outside the central nexus of blame for the events. The next step of this project is to use these same tools to evaluate the network of research that has taken place around the Black Sox Scandal, to determine whether the culpabilities and accepted series of events is weighted or distorted by Eight Men Out, the definitive popular work on the subject.

Presented as a poster at iConference 2016, http://hdl.handle.net/2142/89357