Shoeless Joe

Here is one that really surprised me. First, let me say that I don’t follow baseball and I had never heard of Shoeless Joe before visiting the museum. I’d imagined that his fame had come primarily from having broken a jillion baseball records.

The fact is Shoeless Joe only played professional baseball for 12 years. Of course, he does still hold the Indians and White Sox records for both career batting average and triples in a season. So I don’t think it can be argued that he wasn’t a great baseball player. However, a large amount of his fame stems from his fiercely debated guilt in a conspiracy to fix the World Series. A scandal that cost him his profession while still in the middle of his career. if you’re interested in learning more about his alleged association with the Black Sox Scandal, Click Here.

The rest of Jackson’s life isn’t the happiest of tales. For about 20 years he managed a few semi-professional teams. He would start a dry cleaning business, a barbecue restaurant, and at last a Liquor Store. It is really sad to see someone cut down in their prime. I think that is something a lot of people sympathized with, guilty or not. Right before he passed away from a heart attack, he was scheduled to correct a misapprehension that he was living in poverty in an interview.

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