Shoeless Joe Jackson Biography
Birthday: July 16, 1887 (Cancer)
Born In: Pickens County, South Carolina, United States
Joseph Jefferson Jackson was an American baseball player, who, at the height of his career, was a star outfielder for multiple Major League Baseball (MLB) teams. Popular by the nickname Shoeless Joe, his incredible record on the field was tarnished by his alleged association with the Black Sox Scandal. A South Carolina native, Jackson was a baseball prodigy even in his childhood. When he was 13 years old, one of the owners of Brandon Mill asked his mother to let him play for the mill’s baseball team. It took eight more years for him to make it to the Major League where he played for the Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps/Indians, and Chicago White Sox. A gifted left fielder, he still holds the third-highest batting average record in the major league history and the records for both triples in a season and career batting average in the Indians and White Sox franchise. In 1919, Jackson, along with seven other Chicago White Sox players, was accused of taking money from a gambling syndicate in exchange for losing that year’s World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. As a result, Jackson and others were permanently banned from professional baseball, despite their acquittal in a public trial in 1921. In the ensuing years, his guilt has been the subject of a fierce debate in America. Jackson, forced to retire at the height of his career, played for and managed several minor league teams and later opened a dry cleaning business with his wife. In 1999, he was placed at #35 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players.