At that time to get 10 grand to throw the WS was a huge sum of money, more than most of them made while playing for the White Sox, they were playing for a very frugal Owner who was not inclined to throw money around at players, he did not regard his players as the most important people to the organization. With all that being said I would have probably done it, they all knew that they would probably get into trouble if they were caught but did not expect the severity of the trouble, they made a calculated risk that they would not get caught...even Shoeless Joe (he may have been illiterate but he was not a moron!) and figured that even if they did it would be a slap on the wrist, gambling being involved at the time was not uncommon but everyone figured that was regular season stuff, you do not throw the series. If you had a chance at doubling your yearly income in 1919 would you have done it.......HELL YEAH!!!
EDIT: For historical purposes, Great Depression was from 1929-1941. THe White Sox were founded in 1900 after moving from St. Paul and Sioux City. Just thought I would help fix some things.