Joseph Jefferson "Shoeless Joe" Jackson
N 34° 52.865 W 082° 21.703
17S E 375557 N 3860701
Quick Description: “Shoeless” Joe Jackson played Major League Baseball from 1908 – 1920. He played for the Chicago White Sox during the 1919 World Series and he and seven other players were banned from baseball after rumors that they conspired to throw the Series.
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 3/28/2008 6:59:38 AM
Waymark Code: WM3F8P
“Shoeless” Joe Jackson played Major League Baseball from 1908-1920, and is best known as a member of the Chicago White Sox from 1915 – 1920. The White Sox reached the World Series in 1919 and were expected to win easily over the Cincinnati Reds. But when the Reds defeated the White Sox 5 games to 3, rumor began to surface that members of the White Sox had conspired to throw the series. In 1920 Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis banned eight members of the White Sox from baseball. Although his number did not support the allegations Jackson was one of the players banned and never played in the Major League again. His involvment in the “Black Sox Scandal,” is questionable as during the 1919 World Series, Jackson led the team with a .375 batting average and was perfect in the field. For 20-years following his ban, Joe Jackson continued to play baseball for company teams in the south. In 1933 he and his wife moved back to Greenville, South Carolina where they operated a liquor store until his death. “Shoeless” Joe Jackson died in Greenville, South Carolina on December 5, 1951 and is buried in Greenville’s Woodlawn Memorial Park.
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Joseph Jefferson “Shoeless Joe” Jackson was born on July 16, 1888 in Pickens County, South Carolina. Having very little education, Jackson turn to his baseball talent at a very early age. He began his profession caree when he joined the Greenville Spinners of the Carolina Association and it was during this time that a pair of new cleats had caused a blister on his foot. Jackson came to the plate without his shoes an a fan called him a “shoeless son of a gun.” The nickname stuck and for the rest of his life he was known as “Shoeless Joe.” Jackson was signed in 1908 by Connie Mack to play baseball for the Philadelphia Athletics. He played in the Philadelphia system in 1908 and 1909 and was traed to Cleveland in 1910. From 1910 through the 1915 season. During his first year with Cleveland he batted .408 and the following year batted .395 and led the league in triples. In August 1915, Jackson was traded to the Chicago White Sox where he remained until the end of his caree in 1920. In 1919, Jackson batted .351 during the regular season and the White Sox reached the World Series. The White Sox were heavily favored to win the 1919 World Series over the Cincinnati Reds and Jackson led the team with .375 batting average and was perfect in the field. But the White Sox lost the Series and rumors began that members of the White Sox had conspired to throw the series. In the 1920 season baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis decided to ban eight of the White Sox Players because of the allegations that they threw the 1919 World Series. Although his number did not support the allegations Jackson was one of the players banned from baseball and never played in the Major League again. In 1922, Jackson and his wife moved to Savannah, Georgia and opened a dry cleaning store and for the next 20-years Joe played baseball local company teams in the south. In 1933 Joe and his wife moved to Greenville, South Carolina where he and his wife opened “Joe Jackson’s Liquor Store,” which they operated until his death. One day Ty Cobb and well known southern sports-writer Grantland Rice stopped at at the liquor store and after finishing his shopping, Cobb asked Jackson: "Don't you know me, Joe?" Jackson replied: "Sure, I know you, Ty, but I wasn't sure you wanted to speak to me. A lot of them don't. Joe and his wife lived in Greenville for the rest of their life and December 5, 1951, “Shoeless” Joe Jackson died of a heart attack. He is buried in Greenville’s Woodlawn Memorial Park.
It should be noted that he is still on the Major League Baseball Ineligible list and can not be considered for the Hall of Fame until his name is remove from this list.
Date of birth: 07/16/1888
Date of death: 12/05/1951
Area of notoriety: Sports
Marker Type: Horizontal Marker
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