August 2, 2019

OTD August 2

In 8 games, Jackson hit .375 collecting 12 hits in 32 at-bats and collected 5 runs and 6 RBI.

photo: 6 of the 8 White Sox players during the 1921 Black Sox trial are (seated l-r) Gandil, Williams, Risberg, Cicotte, Weaver and Jackson

OTD in 1921, the eight White Sox players accused of throwing the 1919 World Series will be acquitted. However, baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis believes there is more than enough evidence to the contrary and he bans all 8 from baseball for life the following day, August 3, 1921.

Eight White Sox players were indicted on fixing the 1919 World Series. The public trial ended when the jury of 12 acquitted the players after three hours of deliberation. The eight players originally indicted were: 1B Chick Gandil, P Eddie Cicotte, P Lefty Williams, IF Swede Risberg, IF Buck Weaver, IF Fred McMullin, OF Happy Felsch and Greenville, SC native OF Joe Jackson. “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, of course, has become a baseball legend that will last forever. The story behind his career and assumed innocence continually remains a topic in baseball. The main defense behind Jackson’s innocence was his performance during the 1919 Series against the Cincinnati Reds. In 8 games (the 1919 WS was a best of 9 affair), Jackson hit .375 collecting 12 hits in 32 at-bats and collected 5 runs and 6 RBI. Add to that his aggressive defense in the outfield.

September 28, 1920 NY Times article on players indictment:

An indepth recap on the whole scandal and players acquittal:

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