Originally Posted by Yachtzee
Wasn't that about when Bill Veeck was trying to buy the Phillies in order to fill the roster entirely with Negro Leaguers?
Yep, the Phillies owner (Cox) bet on the Phillies and lost the team, he was the one who despite being less then flush with cash was awarded the team by Landis.
A couple of years ago a guy wrote an article in a SABR publication about that incident, he claimed it was a myth. After he couldn't find any citations on it he pretty much wrote the piece as truth. Just in the past several months Jules Tygial wrote a paper about how it was indeed true and that despite the earlier lack of citations, there were actually some that were overlooked.
This was the second time in a few years that a SABR article was written to refute a prior one (the previous was the assertion that the Boston Pilgrims, Puritans was never used by any of the press during the first part of the 20th century... when it was indeed proven it was.)