He was 88 and lived in Ancramdale, N. A writer whose shrewdness and insight trumped his style, which was plainspoken and realistic, Mr. Asinof was productive and versatile. Weeks before his death, his son said, Mr. That system was not dissolved until with the abolition of the so-called reserve clause in standard contracts, which allowed teams to retain in virtual perpetuity the services of players in their employ. Asinof also wrote for television and the movies, although his published credits were limited, probably because he was among the many writers who were blacklisted in the s.
Obituary: Eliot Asinof | Books | The Guardian
The headlines proclaimed the fix of the World Series and attempted cover-up as "the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America! Eliot Asinof has reconstructed the entire scene-by-scene story of the fantastic scandal in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation's leading gamblers to throw the Series in Cincinnati. Asinof vividly describes the tense meetings, the hitches in the conniving, the actual plays in which the Series was thrown, the Grand Jury indictment, and the famous trial. Moving behind the scenes, he perceptively examines the motives and backgrounds of the players and the conditions that made the improbable fix all too possible. Here, too, is a graphic picture of the American underworld that managed the fix, the deeply shocked newspapermen who uncovered the story, and the war-exhausted nation that turned with relief and pride to the Series, only to be rocked by the scandal.
Eliot Asinof, ‘Eight Men Out’ Author, Is Dead at 88
The writer Eliot Asinof, who has died aged 88, will be best remembered for Eight Men Out, his study of baseball's "Black Sox" scandal, when members of the Chicago White Sox conspired with gamblers to deliberately lose the World Series. Although his writings dealt with much else besides baseball, the book uses the game as a window into America's social problems. Asinof's work, including his fiction, are about outsiders forced into difficult stands against those with power. Eight Men Out draws its particular power from his own love of the game, and his sense of the pressures that would drive its best players to betray it. Asinof was born in Manhattan, where his father worked in his grandfather's men's shop.
Eliot Tager Asinof July 13, — June 10,  was an American writer of fiction and nonfiction best known for his writing about baseball. Asinof was born into a Jewish family  in Manhattan and lived in and around New York City for much of his life. In his youth, he worked in his family's tailoring business. He graduated from Swarthmore College in , then played briefly as a minor-league first baseman in the Philadelphia Phillies ' organization.