On October 22, 1920, eight Chicago White Sox players and five gamblers were indicted on nine counts of conspiracy and fraud including throwing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds.
The trial started in July of 1921. The non-players involved were being accused of betting on a 1919 World Series game featuring the White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. The players were suspected of taking bribes to lose the game. A rumor started by Abe Attell who told a reporter from the Cleveland News, and turned the situation into one of the biggest scandals in baseball history.
One of the indicted players was 32-year-old Shoeless Joe Jackson who spent five seasons with the White Sox after playing with the Philadelphia Athletics and the Cleveland Naps. He received his nickname after taking his shoes off for an at-bat because they were giving him blisters.
Unfortunately, after they were accused of throwing a World Series game for $5,000 game Comissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned them for life even after being acquitted of all charges. Fans still want a jury to exonerate the teammates and put Jackson in the Hall of Fame.
“God knows I gave my best in baseball at all times and no man on earth can truthfully judge me otherwise.” -Shoeless Joe Jackson
“(Shoeless Joe) Jackson’s fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning.” – Connie Mack
“I copied (Shoeless Joe) Jackson’s style because I thought he was the greatest hitter I had ever seen, the greatest natural hitter I ever saw. He’s the guy who made me a hitter.” -Babe Ruth