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Remove the name of JOE JACKSON from Major League Baseball's ineligible list.

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WE, the undersigned supporters of baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson, respectfully and earnestly petition The Hon. Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Baseball, to remove the name of JOE JACKSON from Major League Baseball’s list of ineligible players. 

On August 3, 1921, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis notified Jackson of his punishment for allegedly participating in fixing the 1919 World Series: 

“Regardless of the verdict of juries, no player who throws a ballgame, no player that undertakes or promises to throw a ballgame, no player that sits in conference with a bunch of crooked players and gamblers where the ways and means of throwing a game are discussed and does not promptly tell his club about it, will ever play professional baseball.”

Jackson never played professional baseball after that edict was decreed.  He died on December 5, 1951. On that date, Joe Jackson’s banishment from playing professional baseball should have summarily ended. Jackson served his sentence for the remaining 30 years of his life, and continues serving it 64 years after his death!

WE, as petitioners, respectfully appeal to Commissioner Rob Manfred to state that JOE JACKSON’s punishment has been served and that he is no longer considered an ineligible player.


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