Shoeless Joe Jackson and the Chicago Black Sox were born too soon.
Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned the great hitter and his White Sox teammates for allegedly throwing the 1919 World Series, rigged by gamblers.
Now, major league baseball embraces sports betting.
Beginning with opening day Thursday, casino operator Bally will broadcast Braves games and other pro and college sports, taking over from Fox. Bally plans to eventually promote betting on games to young fans with interactive features.
The regional sports networks, owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, will also show Atlanta Hawks and Nashville Predator games, along with Atlantic Coast Conference competition, further entrenching sports gambling.
Familiar Braves voices Skip Caray, Jeff Francoeur and Tom Glavine remain, but the broadcasts will look different, with Bally's red logo replacing Fox's blue trademark. Bally bought naming rights to the sports networks from right-wing and Trump-supporting Sinclair, which purchased the channels from Fox. The days when environmentalist and Braves owner Ted Turner's Channel 17 showed "America's team" across the nation recede farther into the past.
The Braves' Caray, Francoeur and Glavine and the Hawks' Bob Rathbun and Dominique Wilkins still will call the games. But they won't be giving betting lines and insider tips, at least for now, according to a comprehensive article on the changes by AJC stalwart Tim Tucker.
Bally eventually plans interactive "gamification" features to encourage betting by younger fans. The experience will be more and more like video games, a Sinclair executive told Tucker.
As major league baseball supports gambling, the ban on all-times hits leader Pete Rose looks more and more ridiculous. Rose was accused of betting on games. Now, that's sanctioned.
Put Shoeless Joe in the Hall of Fame too. He hit .375 in the 1919 World Series.