Reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson - Making Him Eligible For National Baseball Hall of Fame
Career highlights and awards. Hit .408 as a rookie in 1911 World Series champion (1917) Third highest career batting average (.356) In November 1999 the US House of Representatives passed a resolution lauding Jackson's sporting achievements and encouraging MLB to rescind his ineligibility. The resolution was symbolic, as the US government has no jurisdiction in the matter. At the time MLB commissioner Bud Selig stated that Jackson's case was under review, but no action has been taken that would allow Jackson's reinstatement. In 1921 a Chicago jury acquitted Jackson and his seven teammates of wrongdoing. Nevertheless, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the newly appointed Commissioner of Baseball, declared all eight accused players ineligible for future MLB play, citing baseball's need to maintain a clean image as his top priority. Jackson never played in organized baseball after the 1920 season. Commissioner Selig, please reinstate Joe Jackson, making him eligible for entrance into the Hall of Fame in Baseball.