Spotlight: Shoeless Joe Jackson

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Shoeless Joe Jackson is a former outfielder, who played in the early 1990s. Jackson had a big part in the Black Sox Scandal, which members of its teams attempted to fix the 1919 World Series.

He was eight members, who were accused of intentionally losing against the Cincinnati Reds in the 1919 World Series. These players were promised money from former gambling syndicate Arnold Rothstein.

Shoeless Joe Jackson during the 1913 season with the Cleveland Naps

Shoeless Joe Jackson with his bat Betsy in his hand (Photo by Charles Conlon/Mears Auction)

The scandal caused Kenesaw Mountain Landis being appointed as the first Commissioner of Baseball. He was asked to restore the integrity of the game following the black eye for the sport.

All eight men, including Jackson, was banned from baseball in 1921.

Jackson debuted with the Philadelphia Athletics on August 25th, 1908. He played two seasons with the Athletics.

He then moved on to play for the Cleveland Naps/Indians franchise. He played there from 1910 through 1915, before moved during the 1915 to the Chicago White Sox.

As a 27-year-old, Jackson played in 83 games with the Indians in 1915. He had a .327 batting average with three home runs and 45 RBIs in 303 at-bats.

Following the move to the White Sox, he appeared in 45 games. He had a .272 batting average with two home runs and 36 RBIs in 158 at-bats.

He appeared in 1,332 games with a .356 batting average. He also had 54 career home runs and 792 RBIs in 4,981 at-bats.

Jackson’s last MLB appearance happened with the White Sox on September 27th, 1920.

With the Naps/Indians franchise, he appeared in 674 games. He had a .375 batting average with 24 home runs and 353 RBIs in 2,502 at-bats.

As a member of the White Sox, Jackson appeared in 648 games. He had a .340 batting average with 30 home runs and 433 RBIs in 2,439 at-bats.

He only appeared in 10 career games with the Athletics. He had a .150 batting average with six RBIs in 40 at-bats.

Jackson died at 64-years-old on December 5th, 1951 in Greenville, South Carolina. He died of a heart attack.

He was the first of the eight players involved in the Black Sox scandal to die. He is buried at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Greenville.

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