Almost no one still alive was able to watch “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and the 1919 Chicago White Sox play. However, the legendary outfielder is still one of the most well known players in franchise history.
As most baseball fans, and just about every White Sox fan, already know, Jackson was banned from baseball during the “Black Sox” scandal. Eight players were banned for throwing the 1919 World Series.
While Pete Rose is getting most of the coverage surrounding MLB considering reinstating a banned player, one news outlet reported the league is considering Jackson as well.
The Greenville News reports:
Major League Baseball has issued a decision on the reinstatement of Shoeless Joe Jackson, according to Arlene Marcley, curator of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum downtown. Marcley said she has received a decision from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. The announcement will be revealed Tuesday morning on the museum’s official Facebook page.
It was a long held belief that Jackson was innocent of the charges and wrongfully grouped with the others.
The Greenville News, it should be noted, is the only publication that has posted the story.
The museum’s Facebook page had a post earlier in the day that they have been petitioning commissioner Rob Manfred since February to reinstate Jackson.
The museum is located in downtown Greenville, S.C.