Th Amazing Race...
Sports Illustrated has a pretty good piece this week
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1174416/index.htm Sept. 20 edition) entitled "The Amazing Race" about the battle for the 1910 batting title.
A more innocent time? Hardly. Reports of umps being bribed, scorers getting "leaned on" and a "legitimate" prize of a luxury car for the winner, Ty Cobb or Nap Lajoie.