Reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson for Baseball Hall of Fame.

I'm starting this petition in hopes of getting enough signatures to persuade the Major League Baseball Commissioner to reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson to be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Joe Jackson's major league career started in 1908 and ended in 1920. Joe Jackson, during his major league career, gathered 1,772 hits, 785 RBI's, and his batting average was an astounding .356. His career highlights include batting .408 as a rookie in 1911 and a World Series Champion in 1917. His .356 batting average is the third highest in major league baseball. Eight players, including Joe Jackson, were accused of throwing the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. There is no evidence to support that Joe Jackson threw the World Series and in fact, was acquitted by a Chicago Grand Jury in 1921 of any charges related to the throwing of the series. Joe Jackson tried to tell the White Sox owner Charles Comiskey about the fix, but Comiskey would not meet with him. During the 1919 World Series, Joe Jackson had 3 doubles, 6 RBI's, and 5 runs. He batted .375, and was responsible for 11 of his team's 20 runs. Jackson had 12 hits (which was a world series record), had the only homerun, and committed no errors. Do those stats show a man trying to throw a World Series?Joe Jackson claimed he never attended any of the meetings; a claim that was backed up by Lefty Williams. During his grand jury testimony, Jackson admitted to taking money that was thrown in front of him by Lefty Williams, a payment of $5,000, but this barely educated, almost illiterate man could not possibly have the know-how to fix a World Series. Yes, Joe Jackson made a serious mistake in taking the money and should have been more aggressive in getting the word out about the fix, but Joe Jackson was a loyal and honest man and didn't want to turn in his friends and teammates. Unfortunately for Jackson, the newly appointed Commissioner of Baseball, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, banned all 8 accused players claiming the need to clean up baseball's image. Today's game has been tainted with the use of performance enhancing drugs and players have lied about their involvement with the use of these drugs despite the evidence. In fact, one player stated before the US Congress that he never used performance enhancing drugs.  This same player later tested positive for the performance enhancing drugs that he swore he never used. None of these players were put on the ineligible list. Why am I pushing for Joe Jackson's reinstatement, a man I never met and died 28 years before I was born? The answer is simple: I'm a fan of pastime baseball and passionate about its history and players. I recently visited the Baseball Hall of Fame and feel the place is incomplete without Joe Jackson. I pledge everyone to sign my petition.    
We the undersigned pledge to you to consider reinstating Joe Jackson to be eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame.Joe Jackson's major league career started in 1908 and ended in 1920. Joe Jackson, during his major league career, gathered 1,772 hits, 785 RBI's, and his batting average was an astounding .356. His career highlights include batting .408 as a rookie in 1911 and a World Series Champion in 1917. His .356 batting average is the third highest in major league baseball. Eight players, including Joe Jackson, were accused of throwing the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. There is no evidence to support that Joe Jackson threw the World Series and in fact, was acquitted by a Chicago Grand Jury in 1921 of any charges related to the throwing of the series. Joe Jackson tried to tell the White Sox owner Charles Comiskey about the fix, but Comiskey would not meet with him. During the 1919 World Series, Joe Jackson had 3 doubles, 6 RBI's, and 5 runs. He batted .375, and was responsible for 11 of his team's 20 runs. Jackson had 12 hits (which was a world series record), had the only homerun, and committed no errors. Do those stats show a man trying to throw a World Series?Joe Jackson claimed he never attended any of the meetings; a claim that was backed up by Lefty Williams. During his grand jury testimony, Jackson admitted to taking money that was thrown in front of him by Lefty Williams, a payment of $5,000, but this barely educated, almost illiterate man could not possibly have the know-how to fix a World Series. Yes, Joe Jackson made a serious mistake in taking the money and should have been more aggressive in getting the word out about the fix, but Joe Jackson was a loyal and honest man and didn't want to turn in his friends and teammates. Unfortunately for Jackson, the newly appointed Commissioner of Baseball, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, banned all 8 accused players claiming the need to clean up baseball's image. Today's game has been tainted with the use of performance enhancing drugs and players have lied about their involvement with the use of these drugs despite the evidence. In fact, one player stated before the US Congress that he never used performance enhancing drugs.  This same player later tested positive for the performance enhancing drugs that he swore he never used. None of these players were put on the ineligible list. Why am I pushing for Joe Jackson's reinstatement, a man I never met and died 28 years before I was born? The answer is simple: I'm a fan of pastime baseball and passionate about its history and players. I recently visited the Baseball Hall of Fame and feel the place is incomplete without Joe Jackson. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and hope that you will consider reinstating Joe Jackson for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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