In the fall of 1919, the Chicago White Sox played
the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series. Eight players
from the White Sox, including the great "Shoeless"
Joe Jackson accepted bribe money to throw the Series,
which they did. In 1921, all eight were thrown out
of baseball for life by Commissioner Kenesaw "Mountain"
Landis. Jackson, one the game's all-time great hitters
(he has the third highest batting average in the
history of the game at .356), wrote a letter to
Landis asking to be reinstated.