Why Shoeless Joe Jackson is better off banned from baseball
Time - 09/12/2015
This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was originally published at HNN.
There was a moment this week when the legions of Shoeless Joe Jackson fans who have long worked for his reinstatement by Major League Baseball had a flutter of hope that their work might finally bear fruit, restore a reputation they feel has been unjustly damned, and finally open the door to the Hall of Fame for the player whose .356 lifetime average is the third highest in baseball history, the man both Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb called the greatest natural hitter they had ever seen.