1B. Shoeless Joe Jackson

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1B.  Shoeless Joe Jackson
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: July 16, 1887 in Pickens County, SC USA
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: August 25, 1908
  • Final Game: September 27, 1920
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1911
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1911
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1912
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1912
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1913
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1913
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1914
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1914
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1916
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1916
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1919
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Did he or didn’t he conspire to fix to the 1919 World Series?  Over eighty years after the fact, there is still a sizable debate as to whether “Shoeless” Joe Jackson was involved in the “Black Sox” scandal that saw the Chicago White Sox throw the World Series for financial gain against the Cincinnati Reds.

Prior to his expulsion from baseball, Jackson had already proved himself Hall of Fame worthy.  In ten full Major League seasons, Shoeless Joe had over 1,700 hits and had a career batting average of .356.  The latter remains iconic as this puts him third All Time.  Jackson was easily amongst the hardest workers in baseball and his passion for the game was unequalled.  He was in his prime when he was suspended and he clearly had many more great seasons ahead of him.

Where it gets murky is his participation in throwing the Series.  Evidence does point that he was aware of it but after his Grand Jury Testimony where he claimed involvement he proclaimed his innocence for years thereafter.  Jackson may have been a great player, but he was not an educated man, and by many accounts naïve.  It is very possible that he was unaware of the ramifications of testifying that he received $5,000 to help throw the Series.

As he claimed his innocence, he had the stats to back up his claim.  He batted .375 in the Series and made no errors in the field.  If anything, the box scores shoes the efforts a man who played to win.  As seen with our first selection, Major League Baseball has a zero tolerance policy for gambling and there are many reasons to think that this will not change in the near or distant future.  As there are is some doubt about his guilt and considering his overall contribution to the game, we are hoping that MLB will reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson and enshrine him in to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Sadly, he has been declared ineligible since the Hall’s inception….any real reason to think it will change now?

Should Shoeless Joe Jackson be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 87.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2%
No opinion. - 0.5%
No way! - 5.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Pickens County, South Carolina, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 1936
  • Position: Outfield
  • Played For: Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Highest On Base Percentage (1) (AL) (1911)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (1) (AL) (1913)
    Most Hits (2) (AL) (1913 & 1914)
    Most Total Bases (2) (AL) (1914 & 1916)
    Most Doubles (1) (AL) (1913)
    Most Triples (3) (AL) (1912, 1916 & 1920)
    Most Extra Base Hits (1) (AL) (1916)
    Highest OPS (1) (AL) (1913)
    World Series Rings (1) (Chicago White Sox, 1917)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten MVP finishes:
    (AL: 1911, 4th), (AL: 1912, 9th), (AL: 1913, 2nd) & (AL: 1914, 5th)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Batting Average)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (On Base Percentage)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Slugging Percentage)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (OPS+)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Scored)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Hits)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (Total Bases)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Doubles)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (Triples)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Home Runs)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (Runs Batted In)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Walks)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Stolen Bases)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Power-Speed#)
    8 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 3.   Batting Average: .356
    9.   OPS+: 170
    17. On Base Percentage: .423
    26. Triples: 168
    30. OPS: .940
    65. Slugging Percentage: .517
  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame: 1936:  0.9
  • Should be Inducted As A: Chicago White Sox

Should Shoeless Joe Jackson be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 87.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 2%
No opinion. - 0.5%
No way! - 5.5%


+1 #12 Darryl Tahirali 2016-07-18 21:33
The only critical difference now between players such as Jackson and Rose, officially banned from baseball, and the PEDs pariahs is that baseball still does not condone gambling but it is willing to give contracts to players who get caught using PEDs but are still under the threshold of getting banned.

The more I look at this, the more I think that the Hall of Fame should not be the arbiter of morality. I used to draw the line between the PEDs players and the gamblers, but I may be reconsiderin g.

May be reconsiderin g. Baseball seems to have a no-tolerance for gambling but not for PEDs, as that is a graduated system. Perhaps a permanent ban on the first offense, with an appeals process to address discrepancie s, errors, etc.

Still, I think the Hall should recognize and reward baseball greatness and not legislate morality.
+2 #11 Clover Nico Star starryclovers 2016-04-29 20:47
Quoting Juels:
He shouldn't be in, not due to the alleged Black Sox scandal, but because he was a despicable racist, who would belittle and demean black players with regularity.

There is zero proof of this anywhere. None of his bio entries mention any racism, unlike, say, Ty Cobb and Cap Anson (two hall of famers)...
-3 #10 Vaffan 2015-07-01 18:16
The one point missed is that Jackson played LF and as such, the 1919 Reds had three triples on hits to LF. Sorry, but while offensively it appears that Jackson played well. Defensively, he played worse than a normal player.

Therefore, no Hall.
-5 #9 Axel 2015-04-23 22:58
It is unclear whether or not Jackson intentionall y played poorly at key times during the 1919 Series, or if he merely took $5,000 (and was promised more) to be involved in throwing the Series, and played his best despite that. Anyone who doubts whether he openly took money to throw the Series should read the testimony at two trials (they are on line). He clearly took money. The judge at one trial also accused him of perjury.

Claiming stupidity is not a valid defense. Though illiterate, he was smart enough to run a successful liquor store for many years. Even illiterates know right from wrong (most of the Apostles were illiterate).

Should baseball forgive and forget? Forgive, forget the sin, and honor a crook in the Hall of Fame?

No. How about just forget him? It's been 90 years.

Better to consider whether Buck Weaver should be reinstated.
-12 #8 Juels 2015-02-14 16:04
He shouldn't be in, not due to the alleged Black Sox scandal, but because he was a despicable racist, who would belittle and demean black players with regularity.
+5 #7 Park3 2014-11-16 07:26
If he is guilty as charged I can understand a lifetime ban. But an eternal ban? Baseball - a mere pastime - takes itself way too seriously.

If this happened in the modern day and a player was suspected to be part of a group throwing a game but it could not be proven, a ban would not hold up.
+22 #6 GW Smith 2013-10-23 23:11
If you study the series he never did anything which suggests he threw the series offensively or defensively. He was an uneducated and gullible man who got suckered by some conmen. He deserves the Hall.
+16 #5 Chris d 2013-07-23 05:42
He should definitly be in. He did the best in the series and made no errors how does tht show he threw it. Also if people like braun or manny who used drugs to make them better only get susspeneded for 50 games why should joe have gotten susspended
-20 #4 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
No way. Ever. Keep him out. Forever.
-14 #3 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
Ziggy Koole makes a good point here: Will baseball ever "forgiv e and forget" ? Or perhaps the question is: Should baseball ever forgive and forget?That& #39;s a juicy topic for a lengthy debate. My short answer aligns with Casper's : Joe Jackson broke the cardinal sin of baseball, which is gambling on the outcome, and in one crucial respect it was worse than Pete Rose's

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