Quotes From Joe Jackson

Probably Joe's case is best made by quotes from Joe Jackson himself.

"I loved the game. I'd have played for food money. I'd have played for free and worked for food. It was the game, the parks, the smells, the sounds. Have you ever held a bat or a baseball to your face? The varnish, the leather. And it was the crowd, the excitement of them rising as one when the ball was hit deep. The sound was like a chorus. Then there was the chug-a-lug of the tin lizzies in the parking lots, and the hotels with their brass spittoons in the lobbies and brass beds in the rooms. It makes me tingle all over like a kid on his way to his first double-header, just to talk about it."

"God knows I gave my best in baseball at all times and no man on earth can truthfully judge me otherwise."

"I'm going to meet the greatest umpire of all, and he knows I'm innocent."

"The good Lord will know I'm innocent. Goodbye, good buddy. This is it." (Joe Jackson's final words before he died.)

"I don't deserve this thing that's happened to me."


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