Collectors of rare Black Sox memorabilia take heart. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, an Iowa Democrat, has persuaded Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to review the case of Shoeless Joe Jackson who was among the players banned for throwing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. Jackson was at the focal point of several recent novels and films about the scandal including the movie, "Eight Men Out." Jackson has been denied entry into Cooperstown but the recent publicity in the 90s has increased attention on what many consider to be the best hitter of all-time.
Speaking of Selig, baseball's top executive is now indicating the chances the Expos will stay in Montreal after this season are only around "50 percent." Collectors of Montreal memorabilia will likely see a rise in its worth if the team does go ahead -- as threatened -- and move to the United States. The top two candidates for inheriting the franchise should a proposed stadium deal fall through are Washington, D.C. and Charlotte, N.C. A team in Charlotte would give the North Carolina area professional teams in all four major sports -- quite an accomplishment considering the area didn't have any 15 years ago.
Randy Minkoff is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, and Crain's Chicago Business. He has been syndicated nationally as a radio/tv critic and has also written a weekly column for the Daily Herald. He is the author of Ron Santo; For Love of Ivy, the biography of the former Cub third baseman and his battle against diabetes. A native of St. Louis, Mo., he is a graduate of Drake University School of Journalism.