On October 22, 1920, eight players on the Chicago White Sox and five gamblers were indicted on nine counts of conspiracy and fraud.
One of the players was 32-year-ols Shoeless Joe Jackson who spent five seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The nickname was given to him after he took his uncomfortable shoes off for one at-bat because they were giving him blisters.
Jackson was accused of throwing a World Series game for $5000 and was banned from baseball for life without a fair trial.
The trial started in July of 1921. The defendants were being accused of betting on a 1919 World Series game featuring the White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. Players were suspected of taking bribes to lose the game. There was no evidence proving Jackson guilty but the league carried on with the sentence.
Featherweight boxer, Abe Attell started the rumor when he told a reporter for the Cleveland News. The scandal quickly became the biggest in baseball history.
“God knows I gave my best in baseball at all times and no man on earth can truthfully judge me otherwise.” -Shoeless Joe Jackson
“(Shoeless Joe) Jackson’s fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning.” – Connie Mack