Joe Jackson and the Black Sox Scandal Essay

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Joe Jackson and the Black Sox Scandal

For anyone who knows anything about baseball, the 1919 World Series brings to mind many things. "The Black Sox Scandal of 1919 started out as a few gamblers trying to get rich, and turned into one of the biggest, and easily the darkest, event in baseball history" (Everstine 4). This great sports scandal involved many, but the most memorable and most known for it was Joe Jackson. The aftermath of the great World Series Scandal left many people questioning the character of Joe Jackson and whether or not he should have relations thereafter with baseball. There is still question today whether or not to let Joe into the Hall of Fame.

Many people still question whether or not, Joe Jackson was involved
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Jackson definitely was the star of the Series; he hit phenomenally, and had the only home run in the series. He also had a very good series in respect to his fielding abilities. In an interview with Furman Bisher, Jackson told of his accounts with the 1919 World Series games.

I went out and played my heart out against Cincinnati. I set a record that still stands for the most hits in a Series, though it has been tied, I think. I made thirteen hits, but after all the trouble came out they took one away from me. Maurice Rath went over in the hole and knocked down a hot grounder, but he couldn’t make a throw on it. They scored it a hit then, but changed it later (Bisher 1).

Joe tells it as he sees it. He had the best performance by any world series player ever. However, after he was convicted of participating in the "Black Sox" scandal baseball officials revoked his controversial, but record breaking thirteenth hit. "And Shoeless Joe Jackson, indisputably one of the greatest ballplayers whoever lived set a World Series record by making twelve hits" (Gies and Shoemaker 59). "Perhaps it just isn’t easy for a good ballplayer to play badly" (Gies and Shoemaker 59). Before the first ball was ever thrown in the 1919 World Series, rumors were spreading that the game was fixed. "Cicotte and Jackson, the first to crack, confessed the day after Maharg’s story broke" (Seymour 302). "Jackson told of moving slowly after balls hit to him,…