Vols player had Black Sox connection

Wednesday, April 25, 2001 at 1:00am

While Major League Baseball is reviewing the file on the permanent suspension of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, Nashville has a story to tell about hosting Jackson and his White Sox.

Jackson was banned from baseball concerning his involvement in the "fixed" World Series of 1919. This infamous betting scandal put a black cloud on the national pastime 82 years ago.

Just six months earlier, Nashville fans were proudly welcoming Jackson and one of his teammates, a Nashville Vols alumnus, who was a starting pitcher for that same Chicago White Sox team.

White Sox pitcher Claude "Kid" Williams was returning to Sulphur Dell on this April 17, 1919, afternoon. Seventeen months later, the disgraced Williams and seven Sox teammates were facing indictment, trial and eventually banishment from baseball.

Williams was a dominant pitcher for the Vols in the Southern Association and made his major league debut with Detroit in 1913. The Nashville Banner wrote the following article on Williams

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