1998 South Carolina Resolution To Clear Joe's Name

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Bill 993


Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter


                    Current Status

Bill Number:                    993
Type of Legislation:            Concurrent Resolution CR
Introducing Body:               Senate
Introduced Date:                19980205
Primary Sponsor:                J. Verne Smith
All Sponsors:                   J. Verne Smith, Passailaigue,
                                Alexander, Anderson, Branton, Bryan,
                                Cork, Courson, Courtney, Drummond,
                                Elliott, Fair, Ford, Giese, Glover,
                                Gregory, Grooms, Hayes, Holland, Hutto,
                                Jackson, Land, Lander, Leatherman,
                                Leventis, Martin, Matthews, McConnell,
                                McGill, Mescher, Moore, O'Dell,
                                Patterson, Peeler, Rankin, Ravenel,
                                Reese, Russell, Ryberg, Saleeby,
                                Setzler, Short, Thomas, Waldrep,
                                Washington and Wilson 
Drafted Document Number:        pt\1679dw.98
Date Bill Passed both Bodies:   19980521
Subject:                        Jackson, "Shoeless Joe";
                                Resolutions

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History

Body    Date      Action Description                       Com     Leg Involved
______  ________  _______________________________________  _______ ____________

Senate  19980521  Received from House
House   19980521  Adopted, returned with concurrence
House   19980520  Committee report: Favorable              24 HIMR
House   19980210  Introduced, referred to Committee        24 HIMR
Senate  19980205  Introduced, adopted, sent to House



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COMMITTEE REPORT

May 20, 1998

S. 993

Introduced by Senators J. Verne Smith, Passailaigue, Alexander, Anderson, Branton, Bryan, Cork, Courson, Courtney, Drummond, Elliott, Fair, Ford, Giese, Glover, Gregory, Grooms, Hayes, Holland, Hutto, Jackson, Land, Lander, Leatherman, Leventis, Martin, Matthews, McConnell, McGill, Mescher, Moore, O'Dell, Patterson, Peeler, Rankin, Ravenel, Reese, Russell, Ryberg, Saleeby, Setzler, Short, Thomas, Waldrep, Washington and Wilson

S. Printed 5/20/98--H.

Read the first time February 10, 1998.

THE COMMITTEE ON

INVITATIONS AND MEMORIAL RESOLUTIONS

To whom was referred a Concurrent Resolution (S. 993), to memorialize the Commissioner of Baseball to reinstate "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, etc., respectfully

REPORT:

That they have duly and carefully considered the same, and recommend that the same do pass:

RICHARD M. QUINN, JR., for Committee.

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

TO MEMORIALIZE THE COMMISSIONER OF BASEBALL TO REINSTATE "SHOELESS JOE" JACKSON AS A MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING IN PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL.

Whereas, nearly eighty years have elapsed since the scandal of the 1919 World Series; and

Whereas, although the story has frequently seen print, fact, and fancy have been so confused that today it still is not known what actually took place; and

Whereas, Joe Jackson was acquitted of all charges of conspiracy by a jury of "twelve good men and true"; and

Whereas, although set aside by the judge, a jury verdict against the Chicago White Sox was awarded him for the balance of his contract; and

Whereas, the fact that his fielding average for the Series of 1919 was perfect and the fact that in that Series he set a record of twelve hits for a World Series offer strong evidence that he was no party to a conspiracy to "throw" the Series; and

Whereas, he suffered lifelong ignominy as a result of the scandal of 1919 and his subsequent banishment from organized baseball; and

Whereas, eighty years is far too long for any man or the memory of him to be tainted for an act as to which strong evidence exists that it was never committed by him; and

Whereas, Joe Jackson was active in civic matters, particularly in programs for the benefit of young boys, after his return to private life; and

Whereas, the General Assembly of South Carolina recognizes the desire of the family, friends, and baseball fans, who have loyally supported "Shoeless Joe", that he be exonerated; and

Whereas, the General Assembly of South Carolina believes him to have been innocent of any conspiracy to "throw" the World Series of 1919; and

Whereas, although he is now deceased, the General Assembly feels that he should be exonerated by baseball as he was exonerated in both criminal and civil courts. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:

That the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina, by this resolution, recognizes that "Shoeless Joe" Jackson was exonerated of any wrong doing in the 1919 World Series in both criminal and civil courts and, therefore, the Commissioner of Baseball is memorialized to reinstate "Shoeless Joe" Jackson as a member in good standing in organized baseball.

Be it further resolved that copies of this resolution be forwarded to the Commissioner of Baseball, the President of the American Baseball League, the President of the National Baseball League, and the family of Joe Jackson.

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