The Black Sox Scandal is the biggest scandal in baseball's history. Eight members of the White Sox threw at least one game of the 1919 World Series. As a result of the scandal, Eddie Chicotte, Oscar Flesch, Arnold "Chick" Gandil, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, Frank McMullin, Charles "Swede" Risberg, George "Buck" Weaver and Claude "Lefty" Williams were banned from baseball.
To this day, Jackson's participation in the fix is debated. There has been doubt cast on Jackson's participation in the scandal by some of the other players involved. In addition, Jackson had the World Series' leading .375 batting average. Jackson also did not make any errors in the Series.
It has been confirmed by multiple players that Jackson never even met with any of the gamblers. It has also been alleged that Jackson was illiterate and did not understand the significance of the plot. It has been suggested that he only participated when "Swede" Risberg threatened Jackson and his family.
As big of a shame as it is that players felt compelled to throw the World Series, it should also be considered a shame that one of the best players of his generation, if he truly was not a part of the scheme, had his career cut short early for something that he did not participate in.