Nearly a century has passed since the Black Sox scandal of 1919, when eight players from the Chicago White Sox were accused of accepting $5000 each to lose baseball's World Series. The biggest of those names was "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, who still has the third-highest batting average in the game's history. A year after the scandal, Jackson was hounded out of the game.
There is a wretched story from his final years, of Ty Cobb - another baseball legend - and a sportswriter dropping by the liquor store that he ran in South Carolina. With Jackson showing no sign of recognition, Cobb felt compelled to ask: "Don't you know me, Joe?" "Sure I know you, Ty, but I wasn't sure you wanted to know me" was the reply. "A lot of them don't."
Though his guilt was never established beyond doubt - decades on, the others would say that he never attended the meetings, and that his name was dragged in only to lend the sordid enterprise some gravitas - Jackson, whose hitting inspired Babe Ruth, remains outside the Hall of Fame. His name and career are accompanied by an asterisk, and remain probably the biggest deterrent to fixing in baseball.