U.S. House Resolution Honoring Joe Jackson
Whereas Joseph Jefferson `Shoeless Joe' Jackson, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, and a local legend, began his professional career and received his nickname while playing baseball... (Engrossed in House )

HRES 269 EH

H. Res. 269

In the House of Representatives, U.S.,

November 8, 1999.

Whereas Joseph Jefferson `Shoeless Joe' Jackson, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, and a local legend, began his professional career and received his nickname while playing baseball for the Greenville Spinners in 1908;

Whereas `Shoeless Joe' Jackson moved to the Philadelphia Athletics for his major league debut in 1908, to Cleveland in 1910, and to the Chicago White Sox in 1915;

Whereas `Shoeless Joe' Jackson's accomplishments throughout his 13-year career in professional baseball were outstanding--he was one of only seven Major League Baseball players to ever top the coveted mark of a .400 batting average for a season, and he earned a lifetime batting average of .356, the third highest of all time;

Whereas `Shoeless Joe' Jackson's career record makes him one of our Nation's top baseball players of all time;

Whereas in 1919, the infamous `Black Sox' scandal erupted when an employee of a New York gambler allegedly bribed eight players of the Chicago White Sox, including Joseph Jefferson `Shoeless Joe' Jackson, to throw the first and second games of the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds;

Whereas in September 1920, a criminal court acquitted `Shoeless Joe' Jackson of the charge that he conspired to throw the 1919 World Series;

Whereas despite the acquittal, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, baseball's first commissioner, banned `Shoeless Joe' Jackson from playing Major League Baseball for life without conducting any investigation of Jackson's alleged activities, issuing a summary punishment that fell far short of due process standards;

Whereas the evidence shows that Jackson did not deliberately misplay during the 1919 World Series in an attempt to make his team lose the World Series;

Whereas during the 1919 World Series, Jackson's play was outstanding--his batting average was .375 (the highest of any player from either team), he set a World Series record with 12 hits, he committed no errors, and he hit the only home run of the series;

Whereas because of his lifetime ban from Major League Baseball, `Shoeless Joe' Jackson has been excluded from consideration for admission to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame;

Whereas `Shoeless Joe' Jackson died in 1951, and 80 years have elapsed since the 1919 World Series scandal erupted;

Whereas recently, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig took an important first step toward restoring the reputation of `Shoeless Joe' Jackson by agreeing to investigate whether he was involved in a conspiracy to alter the outcome of the 1919 World Series and whether he should be eligible for inclusion in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame; and

Whereas it is appropriate for Major League Baseball to remove the taint upon the memory of `Shoeless Joe' Jackson and honor his outstanding baseball accomplishments: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that Joseph Jefferson `Shoeless Joe' Jackson should be appropriately honored for his outstanding baseball accomplishments.

Attest:

Clerk.

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