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Pols Press Shoeless Joe’s Case

June 14, 2000

WASHINGTON (AP) _ South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond and Rep. Jim DeMint met with baseball commissioner Bud Selig on Wednesday, asking that Shoeless Joe Jackson’s lifetime ban be ended so he can become eligible for the Hall of Fame.

Jackson was banned from baseball by commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis following the Black Sox scandal, in which members of the Chicago White Sox were accused of throwing the 1919 World Series against Cincinnati.

While found innocent of criminal charges, eight players were banned from life by Landis.

Former Chicago Tribune reporter Jerome Holtzman, now baseball’s official historian, has been reviewing Jackson’s case for Selig.

Jackson, who died in 1951, grew up in Greenville, S.C., which is DeMint’s hometown.

Despite a .356 career average, Jackson was never voted into the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers’ Association or the Veterans Committee while he was eligible.

In 1990, the board of directors of the Hall of Fame voted to exclude banned players from the eligibility.

Erik Lokkesmoe, a spokesman for DeMint, said Selig was asked to end Jackson’s ban without making a declaration on whether he threw the World Series.

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