Considered the greatest baseball hitter that ever played the game. This photo is of Joe when he was with Cleveland before being traded to the Chicago White Sox. He was banned from baseball for life for taking part in the Black Sox scandal of 1919.
“I copied my swing after Joe Jackson’s. His is the perfectest.”
– babe ruth
– babe ruth
The strong, agile 19-year-old quickly became the biggest star in the Carolina Association, leading the league with a .346 average, making phenomenal throws and catches in center field, and serving as mop-up pitcher. A reporter for the Greenville News tagged him with his nickname that season, when Joe played a game in his stocking feet because his new baseball shoes were not yet broken in. For the rest of his life, he was known as Shoeless Joe Jackson.
+ Source: Joe Jackson, Cleveland AL :: Library of Congress
+ Related: Shoeless Joe Jackson :: Written by David Fleitz
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