Jackson, Shoeless Joe

Jackson, Shoeless Joe

(Joseph Jefferson Jackson), 1887–1951, American baseball player, b. Brandon Mills, S.C. Holder of the third highest (.356) career batting average in major league history, Jackson was banned from baseball in 1921 for his part in the 1919 Black Sox scandalBlack Sox scandal,
episode in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox, the American League champions, were banned from baseball in 1921 for having conspired with gamblers to throw the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds.
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. He is said to have been too unsophisticated to have fully appreciated the circumstances, and in fact batted .375 during the World Series he was said to have conspired to lose. A tearful young fan is said to have exhorted him to "Say it ain't so, Joe!"
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After Gandil's Sports Illustrated article appeared in 1956, Williams's wife Lyria wrote a letter to her good friend Katie Jackson, Shoeless Joe's widow, in which she expressed displeasure at the old scandal being brought up: "You sure have trouble with the newspaper men in the South.