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|The Wrong Man Out . . . a story
of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the MLB
Hall of Fame.
|Author: Kenneth Ratajczak
Paperback: 112 pages
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This book looks at the 1919 World Series with emphasis on
Shoeless Joe Jackson in an attempt to determine his role in
the "Big Fix". It also looks into Charles Comiskey and Judge
Landis. The final chapter compiles the information into a
fictitious trial of Joe Jackson and puts Comiskey, Landis, and
Major League Baseball under the microscope. The reader is
part of the jury
and is encouraged to listen to the testimony and submit
his/her verdict to Major League Baseball.
The story of Shoeless Joe Jackson is a tragic one to say the
language the contradictions baseball uses for Hall of Fame
The first four chapters of The Wrong Man Out focus on
Charles Comiskey, sports writer Hugh Fullerton, AL
President Ban Johnson, and Baseball's first commissioner
Judge Landis. As Ratajczak explains in his book, there was
no such thing as guilty knowledge of "tossing" games in the
dead ball era because the practice was all too common. The
best Jackson could do is by playing the best he could.
The final chapter of the book is the trial of "MLB vs
Shoeless Joe Jackson". The defense keeps asking "Why are
Joe's shoe in the Hall of Fame Museum, but Joe isn't in the
Hall, with baseball's immortals?"
During the trial, the defense explains how the $5,000 was
dumped on Jackson three times. Lefty Williams initially
gave the money to Jackson, but Joe tried to turn the
money over to White Sox owner Charles Comiskey as out
of Commissioner's office, Sox GM, Harry Grabiner told
Shoeless to "keep it".
The trial ends when the defense attorney mentions that
two current Hall of Famers, Ty Cobb and Ray Shalk (two
players of Jackson's time) are in the Hall of Fame and
Judge Landis/MLB was well aware of their gambling
This book is a good starter for those studying the mystery
behind the 1919 World Series, or for those involved in the
"Shoeless Joe" reinstatement effort. Likewise, I also
recommend Gene Carney's "Burying the Black Sox" for
expansive research a behind story. *****__By B. Schaper
Whether you believe Shoeless Joe Jackson was as guilty as
the rest of the "Black Sox," this is an intelligent look into
the story of major league baseball at the turn of the 20th
century and the character of one of baseball's greats.
Shoeless Joe should be reunited to his shoes.*****__John
Apple Bowman, III.
An exciting and industrious read. Dr. Ratajczak's fictitious
trial at the end of the book is a pleasant surprise for all fans
of major league baseball and Shoeless Joe Jackson as well.
Will be curious to learn of the results of the trial. ****John
About the Author
Dr. Kenneth Ratajczak is a board from
the United States Army. He received
his undergraduate degree from the
United States Military Academy at
West Point in 1972. He received his
Doctor of Medicine from Indiana
University in 1977. He has been a
Chicago White Sox fan since he was 6
years old. His interest in Shoeless Joe
Jackson was piqued when he read
Shoeless Joe Jackson and Ragtime
Baseball. Over a three year period, he
read nine other books to try to find out
what Joe's part was in the "Big Fix" or
whether Joe was involved. With the
evidence available, he began his work
on The Wrong Man Out.