Admit Shoeless Joe, too


Published: Friday, January 23, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 11:14 p.m.

A lot has been said and written lately about Pete Rose being made eligible for the baseball hall of fame.

A part of the criteria for admission, I believe, is being a credit to the game of baseball. Nothing is said about having the ability to read, write and understand the conditions for admission.

If in the wisdom of those eligible to vote on admission, Rose is admitted, then one of the greatest players of the game, Shoeless Joe Jackson, should also be admitted.

Jackson was also disallowed admission by one vote and banned from baseball for life. He was kicked out of baseball, not for gambling on baseball, but for having knowledge of a player who did try to fix the outcome of a baseball game or baseball games.

Had Jackson been allowed to continue in baseball, there is a strong possibility he would have set records that would still be on the books today.

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