GREENVILLE, SC – Greenville native ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson has been banned from major league baseball since 1921 and the ban will continue.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred declined an appeal to remove Jackson’s name from the banned list. Manfred’s decision and opinion was part of a letter sent to the ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville in late July.
Jackson was kicked out of the sport in 1921 after the Black Sox scandal for allegedly conspiring to fix the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.
The letter from Manfred – posted on the museum Facebook page – states “it is not possible now, over 95 years since those events took place and were considered by Commissioner Landis, to be certain enough of the truth to overrule Commissioner Landis’ determinations.”
Those who have pushed for Jackson’s ban to be lifted point out he was the leading hitter in that World Series with 12 hits and a .375 batting average. Jackson hit a home run – the only home run of the series – and knocked in six runs. He did not commit an error in the field.
A player banned from baseball is ineligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Manfred wrote that it would not be appropriate of him to re-open Jackson’s case after reviewing responses by former commissioners Giamatti and Vincent. Both declined to open a review of Jackson’s case.