Today in Tribe History: November 8, 1999
Compiled by Jason Kaminski
The U.S. House of Representatives passes a resolution calling for “Shoeless” Joe Jackson to be honored. The resolution stops short of calling for his induction into the Hall of Fame. “It is worthy for this body to take a few minutes to stand up for fairness and right an old wrong,” said Rep. Jim DeMint, the author of the resolution who represents Jackson’s hometown of Greenville, SC. Jackson was eligible for the Hall of Fame until 1991 but was never voted in either by the Baseball Writers Association of America or the Veterans Committee. In 1991, the Hall’s board adopted a resolution prohibiting players on the permanently banned list. The resolution will now go to the US Senate. Though Jackson was best known to be a part of the infamous Chicago “Black Sox” scandal as a member of their team in 1919 (for which he was banned from baseball and HOF recognition), Jackson played six seasons with the Cleveland Indians before being traded to Chicago. Jackson would play six more seasons with the White Sox before being banned following the 1920 season.