Joseph Jefferson Jackson
July 16, 1887 in Brandon Mills, South Carolina
December 5, 1951
Chicago White Sox
and First Base
- Joe named his favorite bat "Black Betsy."
It was 36-inches long and weighed 48 ounces.
- He received his nickname "Shoeless,"
after playing a minor league game in his stockings because
a new pair of spikes had given him blisters on his feet
the previous day.
- Joe started out as a pitcher on the mill
league team, but because he threw the
ball so hard and broke the catchers arm, they placed him
in the outfield.
- Joe Jackson was suspended from playing baseball
in 1920 for allegations of his involvement in the throwing
of the 1919 World Series.
- In 1921, a Chicago jury acquitted Jackson
of aiding to fix the 1919 World Series. But Judge Kenesaw
Mountain Landis, first commissioner of baseball, went against
the courts' decision and banned Jackson and seven other
Chicago players from baseball for life.
- Jackson's legendary bat, Black Betsy, sold for $577,610 at auction.