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See Article History Alternative Title: Born into extreme poverty, Jackson began work in a cotton mill when he was barely six and never went to school. He survived a sickly childhood caused by the lint-filled air in the mill, then grew tall and gangly, with exceptionally long, strong arms.
At age 13 he was an extraordinary ballplayer, the youngest ever to play on a mill team. He acquired his nickname when nursing blistered feet from a new pair of spikes baseball shoes.
The following season Mack sent Jackson to SavannahGeorgiawhere he hit a league-leading. Mack offered to hire a tutor to teach him to read and write, but Shoeless Joe wanted none of it. In he was traded to the Cleveland Naps later the Indianswhere he hit an astonishing.
He liked the city, developing a taste for fine food and nice clothes. In an amusing ironyhe loved expensive shoes. Fans liked his pleasant, easygoing personality and his friendliness to children.
They learned of his superstitious collection of hairpins in his back pocket; of his practice of strengthening his arms, one at a time, by extending Black Betsy out as far as he could and holding it there; and of his exercising his eye muscles by staring at a lit candle with one eye until his vision began to blur, then shifting to the other eye.
Meanwhile, his legend grew with his prowess. Babe Ruth copied his feet-together batting stance and his power stride into the pitch. When the United States entered World War IJackson was not eligible for the draft, because he was the sole support of his wife and his mother.
When he went to work in the shipyards for his war effort, he was labeled a coward and a slacker. The United States was different after the war, tainted by a growing cynicism. In baseball, gamblers and fixers openly operated in big league cities with impunitywhile club owners swept all rumours of corrupted games under the rug, lest the public lose faith in the national pastime.
It was also a team riddled with hostile cliques and dissension. The outcome was that eight of its ballplayers conspired with gamblers—including former boxer Abe Attell —to throw the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds. The Black Sox Scandalas the fix came to be called, was a fiasco for the players.
The gamblers reneged on promised payments, leaving the disorganized and demoralized eight caught in a morass of lies and betrayals.
The degree of his complicity in the scandal, however, has always been puzzling. Although he never returned the bribe, he went on to hit an outstanding. Jackson tried to meet with Comiskey after the series to tell him about the fix, but Comiskey refused to see him.
Back home, Jackson had Katie write explanatory letters but received no reply.
Typically, all reports concerning the fix were buried until a year later when the bubble finally burst. At the convening of the grand juryJackson confessed, attempting to make sense of what had made no sense to him. It was there, outside the grand jury room, that a young boy is claimed to have delivered the plaintive words that became part of American language: Retiring to Greenville with Katie, he owned a dry-cleaning shop, a pool parlour, and then a liquor store.
In subsequent decades his name continued to resonate fondly among the fans. Despite his lifetime batting average of.Your source for local news, sports, high school sports and weather in and around Jefferson City, Columbia, Fulton and the Lake of the Ozarks.
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Joseph Jefferson Jackson (July 16, – December 5, ), nicknamed "Shoeless Joe", was an American star outfielder who played Major League Baseball (MLB) in the early s. He is remembered for his performance on the field and for his alleged association with the Black Sox Scandal, in which members of the Chicago White Sox participated in a conspiracy to fix the World Series.
Shoeless Joe Jackson was one of baseball s greatest hitters and most colorful players. Born Joseph Jefferson Wofford Jackson on July 16, , in Pickens County, South Carolina, Jackson went to work in a textile mill when he was around six years old, and got his start in baseball playing for the Brandon Mill team at the age of 13 earning $ a game.
Considered by Ty Cobb as "the finest natural hitter in the history of the game,” "Shoeless Joe” Jackson is ranked with the greatest players to ever step onto a baseball diamond.