Friday, August 11, 2006

Hall Yes....



I urge everyone to visit this site. It is dedicated to trying to convince Bud Selig to allow 'Shoeless Joe' into the Hall of Fame. On this site you can read the story of what went down and got him kicked out of baseball and you can sign the petition to get him into the Hall of Fame.

Many of you know the story about Joseph Jefferson Jackson, known to the world as "Shoeless" Joe Jackson. "He was undeniably one of the greatest baseball players the game has ever known. From humble beginnings in the textile leagues of South Carolina, he rose to the pinnacle of the sport. Right or wrong, Joe Jackson was banned for life from baseball for his part in the infamous "Black Sox Scandal" for helping seven Chicago White Sox teammates to throw the 1919 World Series. There is controversy over what part Jackson played in the scandal, but it is clear that he got caught up in a scheme that was created and executed by others. In the end, he accepted $5,000 in hush money and new about the "plot." So he was guilty by association but his stats deserve consideration into the Hall of Fame. Look at this - He holds the third highest lifetime batting average in history (.356 over a fourteen year career). (Only Ty Cobb and Rogers Hornsby surpass his mark.) And he still holds the record for highest batting average for a rookie in his first full season (.408). Not to mention the "Babe" gives credit for his swing to Shoeless Joe."

And did I mention he is from Greenville, SC.......But the man is long gone, passed away some 50 years ago, and now is the time to get him in the Hall of Fame. I hope you will visit the site....and I ask you do you think "Shoeless Joe" belongs in the Hall of Fame?

4 comments:

Joey C. said...

I'm a big fan of Shoeless Joe, but I don't think you can induct someone into the hall of fame who has taken money from a plot to fix a game, regardless if they participated in the fix or not. I don't need the Hall of Fame to remember Shoeless Joe!

Moose said...

Well to prove that he took the money is a hard task. He is one of the greatest players ever. I say let him in, throw in Barry bonds, Pete rose and the rest of the tainted players. That is what makes baseball great

Johnny G. said...

Every team takes money to win or loose. The Yankees pay them all. Occasionally, one team decides to break the rules and eat from the Tree of Eden. Merry Christmas.

Joey C. said...

Good points, both of you. I guess compared to players now, Ol' Joe was a saint!