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"Shoeless" Joe Jackson

Shoeless Joe Jackson
Full Name: Joseph Jefferson Jackson
Nickname: Shoeless Joe
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
   Joseph Jefferson Jackson was born on July 16, 1888 in Pickens County, South Carolina. As a young child, Jackson worked in a textile mill in nearby Brandon Mill. In 1900, at the age of 13, Jackson started to play for the Brandon Mill baseball team. During one game, Jackson got a blister from his new pair of cleats. The shoes hurt so bad that he took them off before he went to bat. Even without shoes, he still managed to get a hit. When he got to base a fan started yelling and called Joe, amongst other things, a "shoeless son-of-a-bitch." The name stuck with him all the way to the major leagues and was not necessarily a term of endearment.
   In 1908, Jackson began his professional baseball career with the Philadelphia Athletics, then managed by the famous Connie Mack. After three-years with the A's organization (the majority of his last with a team in Savannah,GA), Jackson was traded to the Cleveland Naps. He spent a portion of the 1910 season with the New Orleans Pelicans before he joined the Major League club. Jackson, who still qualified as a rookie, hit .408 in 1911. It is still the record for highest batting average by a rookie and the sixth highest single-season total of the modern era.
   Midway through the 1915, Jackson was dealt to the Chicago White Sox. Two-years later, he and the White Sox won the World Series. The 1917 title was the last World Series the franchise would win for 88-years. However, the White Sox returned to the series after a one-year hiatus. What transpired is one of the games most famous scandals, and something that would effect the sport even to this day. The Sox were heavily favored over the Reds, but lost the series because several members of the White Sox conspired to throw games. Despite heavily circumstantial evidence against Jackson, he was one of the eight men kicked out of baseball. The man who Babe Ruth modeled his swing after was lost forever. He retired to South Carolina where he lived out his days running a liquor store with his wife Katie.
Career Statistics
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG *OPS+ TB SH
1332 4981 873 1772 307 168 54 785 202 61 519 158 .356 .423 .517 170 2577 131

List of Cards:

  • 1909-11 E90-1 American Caramel Co.
  • 1911 M101-2 Sporting News Supplements (03.23.11)
  • 1910 T210-8 Old Mill Cigarettes
  • 1911 T5 Pinkerton Cabinet
  • 1911-15 Baseball Stars Notebooks
  • 1912 E270 Colgan's Chips Tin-Tops
  • H813 Boston Garter
  • 1913 T200 Fatima Team Cards (Cleveland-AL)
  • 1913 T200 Fatima Team Premiums (Cleveland-AL)
  • 1913 WG5 National Game Card Game
  • 1913 WG6 Tom Barker Card Game
  • 1914 B18 Egyptienne Straights Cigarettes Blankets (Purple Pennant)
  • 1914 B18 Egyptienne Straights Cigarettes Blankets (Yellow Pennant)
  • 1914 #103 E145-1 Rueckheim Bros. & Eckstein Cracker Jacks
  • 1914 E224-1 Texas Tommy
  • 1914 PC-UNC E&S Publishing Post Card
  • 1914 WG4 Polo Grounds Card Game
  • 1915 #103 E145-2 Rueckheim Bros. & Eckstein Cracker Jacks
  • 1916 BF2 Ferguson Bakery Felt Pennants
  • 1916 #86 D350 Standard Biscuit
  • 1916 #87 M101-4 Altoona Tribune
  • 1916 #87 M101-4 Burgess-Nash Clothiers

 

  • 1916 #87 M101-4 Everybody's
  • 1916 #87 M101-4 Gimbels
  • 1916 #87 M101-4 Globe Clothing Store
  • 1916 #87 M101-4 Green-Joyce Clothiers
  • 1916 #87 M101-4 Herpolsheimer Co.
  • 1916 #87 M101-4 Indianapolis Brewing Co.
  • 1916 #87 M101-4 Morehouse Baking Co.
  • 1916 #87 M101-4 Sporting News
  • 1916 #87 M101-4 Ware's
  • 1916 #87 M101-4 Weil Baking Co.
  • 1916 #86 M101-5 Block and Kuhl Co.
  • 1916 #86 M101-5 Famous and Barr Clothiers
  • 1916 #86 M101-5 Gimbels
  • 1916 #86 M101-5 Holmes to Homes
  • 1916 #86 M101-5 Sporting News
  • 1916 #86 M101-5 Successful Farming
  • 1917 #82 H801-8 Boston Store
  • 1917 #82 E135 Collins-McCarthy
  • 1917 #82 E135 Standard Biscuit
  • 1917 #82 D328 Weil Baking Co.
  • 1917 #87 D329 Weil Baking Co.
  • 1917 M-UNC Davis Printing (Team Issue)
  • 1920-21 #15 W514 Strip Card
  • 1940 R335 Gum, Inc. Play Ball
  • 1946-49 W603 Sports Exchange
The Gallery
 
E90-1 Jackson

1909-11 E90-1*

M101-2 Jackson

1911 M101-2*

T200 Cleveland

1913 T200*

B18 Jackson

1914 B18*

E&S Jackson

1914 E&S Postcard*

W514 Jackson

1920-21 W514*