1919 World Series Performance
In the 1919 World Series, Jackson went 12-for-32 at the plate, slapped three double sacks, clubbed a dinger, scored five runs, and knocked in six RBIs. His slash posting in that series was .375/.394/.563, and he recorded a .941 fielding percentage (16 PO’s in 17 chances). In comparison during their four games to two victories over the New York Giants in the 1917 World Series, he slashed .304/.333/.304., and a had a .900 fielding percentage (9 PO’s in 10 chances).
If he was paid to tank during the 1919 World Series, he surely didn’t get the memo from the powers to be.
It’s important to note that this date may be in question considering that Chicago had just dropped a doubleheader to the Red Sox the day before in Boston to conclude a 12-day 12-game east coast road trip. They were actually in New York to play the Yankees days earlier on the 17th and 18th of September. So why the team would’ve stopped in New York on the 21st en route home to Chicago in order to begin a five-game homestand on the 24th to close out the 1919 regular season is a little perplexing.
Nonetheless, two of the famous eight, Jackson and the seldom-used bench dwelling Fred McMillan, never attended said meeting. Thus, Jackson had no first-hand knowledge as to what was discussed among those who may have or may not have, been in attendance.
By all accounts, including Jackson himself, he received $5,000 (a large amount of cash in 1919; $72,749.13 in 2019 dollars) from a teammate (Williams) that was reportedly a payment for his anticipated participation in throwing a game, or multiple games, against the Cincinnati Red Stockings in the 1919 World Series.
Yet, if Jackson was supposedly a participant in the said scandal, why was he confused as to why Williams gave him $5,000 cash? And why in the world would he bring up the topic to both Comiskey and Comiskey’s errand boy, Harry Grabiner, after the World Series and less than a year before the grand jury proceedings?