5. Shoeless Joe Jackson, Athletics/Indians/White Sox
His numbers speak for themselves: a career batting average of .356 (third highest in baseball history), four seasons batting .380 or higher, including one season at an unprecedented .408. Jackson was not a home run hitter, but he possessed the speed and power to lead the league in triples three times. He was well on his way to padding those numbers even more when Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis threw him out of the game for good, following accusations of throwing the 1919 World Series. If he did fix the Series, he did a pretty awful job of it. The White Sox left fielder led all batters with a .375 average, set a new Series record with 12 hits, threw out a runner at home and fielded all 30 of his chances cleanly. Jackson claimed to his dying day that he didn't throw the Series. I believe him. A funny thing happened on the way to Canton, however. His snub from the Hall of Fame hasn’t made him famous; it’s made him infamous.—Johnny Goodtimes (AP photo)
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