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Shoeless Joe Jackson

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?

 

 

 

 

The Bullet Points

 

Country of Origin:

Pickens County, South Carolina, U.S.A.

 

Eligible Since:

1936 (Declared Ineligible)

 

Position:

OF

 

Played for:

Philadelphia Athletics

Cleveland Naps/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)

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)

8 Top Ten Finishes (WAR for Position Players)

9 Top Ten Finishes (OPS)

 

Notable All Time Rankings:

3.   Batting Average: .356

18. On Base Percentage: .423

26. Triples: 168

30. OPS: .940

67. Slugging Percentage: .517

93. WAR (Position Players): 62.9

 

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?

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Definitely put him in! - 50%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 28.6%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 7.1%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 14.3%

Comments   

 
-5 #1 Casper -0001-11-29 19:00
Honestly, no way for him or Pete Rose. They both violated the integrity of the game...admitted ly! They shouldn't even be on this list.
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+5 #2 Ziggy Koole -0001-11-29 19:00
This happened 90 years ago. NINETY! Isn't it time to forgive and forget? He should get in even before Charlie Hustle.
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-6 #3 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-29 19:00
Ziggy Koole makes a good point here: Will baseball ever "forgive and forget"? Or perhaps the question is: Should baseball ever forgive and forget?That' ;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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-7 #4 jimmy26 -0001-11-29 19:00
No way. Ever. Keep him out. Forever.
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+6 #5 Chris d 2013-07-23 01:42
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
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+6 #6 GW Smith 2013-10-23 19:11
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.
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