The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Official Statement Regarding
Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe Jackson

As stated in the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Rules for Election, any player on Baseball’s ineligible list shall not be an eligible candidate for consideration by The Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA) or the Baseball Hall of Fame Committee on Baseball Veterans. As a point of clarification:

Pete Rose was placed on Major League Baseball’s ineligible list in 1989 by Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti. In order for Rose to be eligible for the Hall of Fame, the following criteria must be met:

If he were to be placed on the BBWAA ballot, Rose would have to receive votes on at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the ballots cast in any one election to be elected to membership in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Throughout his career Rose was a generous supporter of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, donating more than 20 artifacts to the Museum’s collections. Many of these artifacts are on permanent display in the Museum.

Shoeless Joe Jackson was placed on Major League Baseball’s ineligible list in 1920 by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis. In order for Jackson to be eligible for the Hall of Fame, the following criteria must be met:

Once on the Committee on Baseball Veterans’ former players’ ballot, Jackson would have to be the top vote getter on his ballot and receive votes on at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the ballots to be elected to membership in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Jackson’s baseball shoes are among the artifacts currently on exhibit in the Museum.


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