Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is "reviewing the entire file" of banned baseball legend Shoeless Joe Jackson, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said yesterday.
Harkin wrote to Selig in March, asking the commissioner to reinstate Jackson to baseball, a move that would make him eligible for the Hall of Fame.
Harkin became interested in the 75-year-old case after the movie "Field of Dreams," in which Jackson is a central character, was filmed in his state. He asked Selig to look at the records again, and yesterday he released the response to his request.
"I certainly understand your thoughts relative to Shoeless Joe Jackson, and I am reviewing the entire file," Selig wrote in a letter to Harkin. "It is a very tragic story, and I certainly will try to be objective, as well as fair, in reviewing the entire file."
FENWAY NUMBERS: Despite advice from a sports financier that the $350 million price tag for a new Fenway Park is too high, the Red Sox organization stands behind its numbers and its planners.
"We've said all along there are going to be special challenges building a ballpark in an urban setting," Red Sox spokeswoman Kathryn St. John told the Boston Herald Thursday. "But we think it's feasible."