Joe Jackson, 33, now former outfielder for the Chicago White Sox, is back in his hotel room after testifying to a Cook County grand jury about whether he was involved in fixing last year’s World Series, played against the Cincinnati Reds. Which the White Sox lost, to everyone’s surprise. Except the bookies.
Joe Jackson baseball card
Jackson had been eager to tell the jury that he had taken the $5,000 offered to him by another teammate to throw three games, but he hadn’t earned it. Joe testified that throughout all the Series games he had
batted to win, fielded to win, and run the bases to win.”
He had played better than almost any ball player ever.
In addition, he’d been promised $20,000!
After his testimony, a remorseful Jackson repeatedly told the crush of reporters waiting outside the courthouse,
All I got was the $5,000…handed me in a dirty envelope. I never got the other $15,000. I told that to [the judge]. He said he didn’t care what I got…I don’t think the judge likes me. I never got the $15,000 that was coming to me.”
The next day, Joe is astounded to read in the Chicago Daily News this account of what happened when he came out of the Cook County Courthouse:
When Jackson left the criminal court building…he found several hundred youngsters, aged from 6 to 16, waiting for a glimpse of their idol. One child stepped up to the outfielder, and, grabbing his coat sleeve, said: ‘It ain’t true, is it, Joe?’ ‘Yes, kid, I’m afraid it is,’ Jackson replied. The boys opened a path for the ball player and stood in silence until he passed out of sight. ‘Well, I’d never have thought it,’ sighed the lad.”
What youngsters?! When the hell had that happened?! Joe wonders.
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Manager as Muse, about Scribner’s editor Maxwell Perkins’ relationships with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe, is available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions.
This fall I am talking about writers’ salons in Ireland, England, France and America before and after the Great War in the Osher Lifelong Learning programs at University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie-Mellon University.
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