Jackson Jackson, Comiskey, Jackson Williams discussed on Conspiracy Theories
There are two accounts of what happened when Jackson was offered his cut, and we should preface this by also addressing a claim by Charles Gandel after game four lefty Williams was given to envelopes each containing five thousand dollars cash. He took one for himself and brought the other one to Jackson Williams says that Jackson meekly accepted the money without saying word, but Jackson claims that he turned Williams down only to discover later that Williams had left the money in his hotel anyway. And this story about the nature of how Jackson came about that five thousand might be the key. To determining his innocence after the series ended rumors were already swirling that Eddie psychot- and some of the other players thrown the game. Jackson actually went to see Comiskey again, apparently to come clean about what he knew regarding the fix. Jackson waited for hours and was finally told that Comiskey was too busy to see him who knows how things might have played out if Comiskey had met Jackson on that day, maybe Comiskey's cozy relationship with the press could have gotten some or all of his players out of the jam. They were about to find themselves in maybe, but Comiskey was also an integral figure in the American baseball league. His reputation and fortune was intricately tied into baseball. Knowing what we know about the kind of man he was, I don't know if he would have lifted a finger to help Jackson Jackson in do himself any favors during the trial. Allegedly, on a number of occasions he'd get drunk and make light. Night calls to the presiding judge. Judge McDonald claiming to be innocent. That's not the best strategy. If you're trying to avoid a conviction, it ended up not mattering. We spoke last week about how key evidence including signed confessions from the players went missing during the trial, and we're not presented before the jury. It's important to distinguish here the jury's job was not to decide whether the players had been paid by gamblers, but to determine if any of the players had thrown the game, intentionally a court of law. This is kind of hard to determine beyond a reasonable doubt after all, how can you say that a player didn't just have a bad game that was the jury's ultimate verdict, and it led to all eight players being cleared of all charges. As we said, last episode, they're real punishment came in the following day's with newly appointed baseball Commissioner judge Landis declaring that all eight men were banned from professional baseball for life. Jackson would spend the rest of his. Life professing. His innocence one glaring piece of this puzzle is the Jackson's lawyer in this case wasn't actually his lawyer. It was Comiskey's lawyer. Alfred s Austrian who served as general counsel to the White Sox organization. Jackson's drunken calls to judgement. Donald apparently only occurred after Comiskey's lawyer Austrian had plied him with drinks in order to get him to fess up to play a role in the fix. Clearly, the plan didn't quite work. Perhaps Jackson really was innocent. Joe Jackson died in nineteen fifty three over fifty years later, his mission from the major league baseball hall of fame is seen as one of the greatest travesties in the sport in nineteen ninety nine. The US house of representatives passed a resolution that lauded Jackson's contribution to baseball and urge the MLB to consider lifting Jackson's ban so that he could be reinstated..