H.Res.269 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Joseph Jefferson "Shoeless Joe" Jackson should be appropriately honored for his outstanding baseball accomplishments.106th Congress (1999-2000)
|Sponsor:||Rep. DeMint, Jim [R-SC-4] (Introduced 07/30/1999)|
|Committees:||House - Government Reform|
|Latest Action:||11/08/1999 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.|
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[Congressional Bills 106th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Res. 269 Engrossed in House (EH)] In the House of Representatives, U.S., November 8, 1999. Whereas Joseph Jefferson ``Shoeless Joe'' Jackson, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, and a local legend, began his professional career and received his nickname while playing baseball for the Greenville Spinners in 1908; Whereas ``Shoeless Joe'' Jackson moved to the Philadelphia Athletics for his major league debut in 1908, to Cleveland in 1910, and to the Chicago White Sox in 1915; Whereas ``Shoeless Joe'' Jackson's accomplishments throughout his 13-year career in professional baseball were outstanding--he was one of only seven Major League Baseball players to ever top the coveted mark of a .400 batting average for a season, and he earned a lifetime batting average of .356, the third highest of all time; Whereas ``Shoeless Joe'' Jackson's career record makes him one of our Nation's top baseball players of all time; Whereas in 1919, the infamous ``Black Sox'' scandal erupted when an employee of a New York gambler allegedly bribed eight players of the Chicago White Sox, including Joseph Jefferson ``Shoeless Joe'' Jackson, to throw the first and second games of the 1919 World Series to the Cincinnati Reds; Whereas in September 1920, a criminal court acquitted ``Shoeless Joe'' Jackson of the charge that he conspired to throw the 1919 World Series; Whereas despite the acquittal, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, baseball's first commissioner, banned ``Shoeless Joe'' Jackson from playing Major League Baseball for life without conducting any investigation of Jackson's alleged activities, issuing a summary punishment that fell far short of due process standards; Whereas the evidence shows that Jackson did not deliberately misplay during the 1919 World Series in an attempt to make his team lose the World Series; Whereas during the 1919 World Series, Jackson's play was outstanding--his batting average was .375 (the highest of any player from either team), he set a World Series record with 12 hits, he committed no errors, and he hit the only home run of the series; Whereas because of his lifetime ban from Major League Baseball, ``Shoeless Joe'' Jackson has been excluded from consideration for admission to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame; Whereas ``Shoeless Joe'' Jackson died in 1951, and 80 years have elapsed since the 1919 World Series scandal erupted; Whereas recently, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig took an important first step toward restoring the reputation of ``Shoeless Joe'' Jackson by agreeing to investigate whether he was involved in a conspiracy to alter the outcome of the 1919 World Series and whether he should be eligible for inclusion in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame; and Whereas it is appropriate for Major League Baseball to remove the taint upon the memory of ``Shoeless Joe'' Jackson and honor his outstanding baseball accomplishments: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that Joseph Jefferson ``Shoeless Joe'' Jackson should be appropriately honored for his outstanding baseball accomplishments. Attest: Clerk.