Baseball Digest (March 2001 issue)
By: Greg Couch
Expulsion and alleged participation of baseball player in fixing of 1919 World Series Third baseman never threw any game in 1919 Series or accepted money from gamblers–his only mistake was knowing about the fix and not informing authorities about the scandal.
The thing to know is that he never took one penny. He never agreed to the plot. He never did anything but play his best through the World Series.
And while other White Sox players did take gamblers’ money to fix the 1919 Series, he, as one sports historian so delicately put it, “got screwed.”
Strom Thurmond and the U.S. House and Senate and Hollywood, and baseball legends have been demanding that major league baseball lift the lifetime ban on Shoeless Joe Jackson and clear his name.
Baseball is looking into it, and, it isn’t looking good for Jackson. Here is the reason the uproar isn’t working:
It is in support of the wrong player.
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