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Name: Joseph Jefferson Jackson
Born: July 16, 1887 in Brandon Mills, South Carolina
Died: December 5, 1951
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Height:
6'1"
Weight: 200
Teams: 1908-09 Philadelphia
               1910-15 Cleveland
               1915-20 Chicago White Sox

Position: Outfield 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.
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