Where did say it aint so joe come from
Long before Jackson became entangled in the Black Sox scandal that gave birth to the classic remark, "Say it ain't so, Joe," he was just a simple nobody in a little South Carolina backwoods community. One morning, a Sunday it was, the minister of the local church saw Joe walking along the road in a ragged baseball uniform. The minister, disapproval in every line of his face, stopped the young man.
"Look here, my boy," he boomed, "don't you know it's a sin to work on the Lord's day?"
"Shucks, Rev'rend," replied the unabashed Joe Jackson, "you don't mind workin' on Sunday, do you?"
"Of course I don't!" retorted the minister. "But remember, my son, when I work on Sunday, I am in the right field."
"Well, I'll be doggoned!" exclaimed the surprised youngster. "That's jes' whar they put me-in right field! Rev'rend, I'd sure be obliged if you'd give me a few pointers on playin' out thar!"