First off, I would like to thank all of my readers for the kind emails and the unkind. We read them all and try to address each one as best we can.
This week I would like to reply to Pete C. from Cincinnati who was sad about his Reds but wanted to know if this writer thought Pete Rose should be in the Hall of Fame.
The great Rose played from 1963 to 1986 and holds the major league record for most hits, 4,256; most games played, 3,562; most at bats, 14,053; no beard and no steroids. To say the least there would not be enough money to pay him a salary in today’s times. They would need to give him half the team, especially when you see players with all the bling around their necks, beards down to their neck getting paid millions for batting .200.
Yes, Pete bet some baseball after his playing days when he was managing. I don’t care. He belongs in the Hall of Fame along with Joe Jackson. Yes, we know Rose bet on baseball games after his playing days. Do we know “Shoeless Joe” Jackson was part of the 1919 World Series fix by the White Sox?
When I was in the 7th grade at Saint Peters back in Steubenville, Ohio, sister Mary Hubert made a statement; and with just a slight slip of the tongue the words I find hard to believe came out of my mouth. Sister Mary, who stood around 5-1 and weighed around 200 pounds, got out her trusty ruler and blasted my knuckles. Then with a slight smile on her wrinkled face said if you find it hard to believe go and research it.
Shoeless Joe owns the third highest batting average in the history of the Majors at .356. They couldn’t pay him enough today. Supposedly he and his teammates were in with some big time mob guys who paid them to throw the 1919 Series. After a jury trial they were all acquitted but the newly appointed Commissioner of Baseball Kenesaw Mountain Landis barred them for life.
With that black mark Jackson, like Rose, is not in the Hall.
Now just a few facts for Sister Mary. Jackson always said he was not in on it. His teammates gave his name to the mob guys and told them he would be in. Joe Jackson never learned to read or write and made his mark on a confession that the team later got him to do.
Now anyone who knows the game of baseball can answer this easy question: If Shoeless was in on the fix why did he have no errors, and 12 hits in the 1919 Series with a .375 batting average? Joe passed away in Greenville, S.C., never playing pro ball again.
Do Rose and Jackson deserve to be in the Hall?
Let’s make a comparison with another sport. Just mentioning the word commissioner brings up saliva for me, especially when it is Roger Goodell the warden of the NFL inmates. I will leave out the names to protect the innocent.
• T.H. fathered 11 kids from 10 different women. He was sentenced to prison for cocaine trafficking. Roger the dodger reinstated him after he got out.
• D.S. was high and drunk and speeding when he hit and killed an innocent person. He only served 24 days in county jail and went on to play with four more NFL teams, thanks to RG, and was also invited to the White House by “O.”
• D.T. videotaped himself attacking and raping a woman over five hours. Nice guy for your kids to look up to.
• This guy, M.L., who in 2008 hit a woman in his car but did not stick around, got a $100 fine from the county and the NFL just shrugged it off. He also had been arrested twice for illegal firearms with, yes, no NFL punishment.
• A.P.J. has been suspended from the NFL six times for more things than we can write about, yet is still playing for good ole Roger.
We could go on and on… and people want to know why Rose and “Shoeless Joe” are not in the Hall of Fame?!
Next week’s article will be on the Kentucky Derby with selections, and GT readers will be very surprised with this bettor’s choice. It will be a double digit dog play, so make sure you pick up a copy of GT or go online at www.gamingtoday.com.
Play of the Week: Santa Anita is back to a four day week so we will go to the last race on Thursday for our pick. It is a maiden race for 3-year-old fillies going a mile on the grass.
No. 5 Bring On the Band will be a nice price play here in the last leg of the pick four and the late pick five. She is in from Ireland for trainer Paddy Gallagher and has been working well for her 3yo debut after running some good races as a 2yo. We love the good turf rider Van Dyke getting the call. First time Lasix is the key.
Have a great week and always get off that couch to play your favorite machine. You could be walking around lucky and not even know it.