Two Chicago lawyers are helping spearhead a new campaign to get baseball to take another look at what Joe Jackson really did during the 1919 World Series.
Chicago attorneys Paul Duffy and Daniel Voelker have been spending time combing through archives of the Chicago Baseball Museum, reviewing research done for the 1963 book Eight Men Out.
The two say the book by Eliot Asinof may not tell the whole story of the 1919 World Series.
Said Voelker, "As a result of reviewing the files … we drew some pretty strong conclusions that what was in the book was more fiction than fact."
Duffy and Voelker both work for Chicago-based firm Freeborn & Peters and their research is published in this month’s Chicago Lawyer magazine.
This weekend, a new campaign will be announced, aimed at convincing Major League Baseball that Jackson should be removed from the list of permanently ineligible players. If successful, it would make Jackson eligible for election for the Hall of Fame.
The Chicago Lawyer report spells out what the two found in their research and how it contrasts with what was published in Asinof’s book–one that may have cemented the long-held portrayal of Jackson as one of the original conspirators.