...Asinof recounts his interview of Felsch for Eight Men Out
, his authoritative 1963 chronicle of the scandal. The former minor leaguer first started his detailed research in 1960 when only four of the eight Black Sox were still alive. Cicotte, Gandil and Risberg either refused or stonewalled Asinof's inquiries. Felsch became his primary source.
During his research, Asinof visited Milwaukee in an attempt to interview the ailing Felsch. Even after receiving repeated phone calls and a letter, the protective Marie continued to turn down the author. Asinof finally mustered enough courage to visit 2460 N. 49th Street only after a man he met in a bar, who had been acquainted with Felsch, described him as a "real good guy" that everybody liked.
Marie relented when the polite yet persistent Asinof appeared at her door with a bottle of Scotch to share with Happy, as Reutlinger did in 1920. She led him to the dark upstairs sitting room, asked for kindness in his questioning, and allowed the two men to spend the afternoon in conversation. Asinof detected hurt, guilt, and remorse in Felsch's voice as he said, "I shoulda knew better. I just didn't have the sense I was born with. It matters. It still matters."