On the same day that news spread of Major League Baseball’s refusal to reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson, baseball novelist W.P. Kinsella expressed his disappointment with the commissioner’s decision. Kinsella, author of the 1982 book “Shoeless Joe,” which was later adapted into the film “Field of Dreams,” said “I think the evidence is overwhelming that [Jackson and Happy Felsch] did nothing to throw the series.” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made his ruling in response to a request from the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum.
Kinsella, who lives outside of Vancouver, made the comments during a podcast interview on The Throwback with Eric Greenberg. “It’s sort of typical of what baseball is doing these days in all respects. They’re just not up to the task of running good leagues with good products,” he said. “God, If you were going to keep guys out of the hall of fame who had done a lot of bad bad things, Ruth and Ty Cobb and all sorts of others would not be there.” The author believes most baseball fans share his point of view. “I would think a really huge majority of people are in favor of him being reinstated and made eligible for the Hall of Fame, Kinsella continued. “I think they’re going against the wishes of most baseball fans who know about the situation.”
The full interview, which also includes discussion stories behind the writing of “Shoeless Joe,” can be heard at www.thethrowbackpodcast.com.