"Sleepy" Bill Burns was a below average pitcher for about 5 years in the Major Leagues. For all of you historians out there, or readers of the excellent book "Eight Men Out", (or watchers of the excellent movie "Eight Men Out,") you know Burns more for his role in the fixing of the 1919 World Series.
great site that documented all of Burns' actual court testimony. Fans of the movie will remember the cross examination scene well. Here is part the actual transcript:
Q: The players double-crossed you, didn't they?
A: Well, you double-crossed them.
A: Not until they crossed me.
Q: : Is that a reason for testifying?
A: One of them.
Q: Then it is not for the purity of baseball?
A: Well, they double-crossed me and I would have been the fall guy for the whole outfit.
Q: If the players had really been crooked, you would have been satisfied! Do you think you are even with the boys now?
A: I am liable to be before I leave here! [Laughter.]
Q: You don't like me much, do you, Bill?
A: Sure I think you're a smart fellow, and I wish we had someone like you at the head of this deal; we'd all be rich, now. . . .