Greenville in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
“Shoeless Joe” Jackson
• Favorite baseball bat: "Black Betsy"
• 1911 - highest rookie batting average - .408
• All time batting average - .356
• Played for: Philadelphia (1908-1908), Cleveland (1910-1915), Chicago White Sox (1915-1920)
Location. 34° 50.633′ N, 82° 24.233′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker can be reached from Augusta Street (State Highway 20). Click for map. Marker is located on the sidewalk south of the Jackson statue. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville SC 29601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Alliance Cotton Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Mills & McBayer Cotton Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Jefferson Jackson (within shouting distance of this marker); Reedy River Falls Historic Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilson Cooke (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Greenville Arboretum (about 400 feet away); The Touchstone House "Falls Cottage" (about 500 feet away); The Touchstone House (about 600 feet away); Chicora College (about 600 feet away); Restoration and Development (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Greenville.
Also see . . .
1. "Shoeless Joe" Jackson. Official website for Shoeless Joe Jackson. (Submitted on October 19, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Shoeless Joe Jackson Virtual Hall of Fame. This site is devoted to the memory of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the movement to persuade Major League Baseball to remove Joe Jackson from their ineligible list, thereby making him eligible for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. (Submitted on October 19, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. Shoeless Joe Jackson. Joseph Jefferson Jackson (July 16, 1888 – December 5, 1951), nicknamed "Shoeless Joe", was an American baseball player who played Major League Baseball in the early part of the 20th century. (Submitted on October 19, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. “Shoeless” Joe Gets the Boot. In the fall of 1919, the Chicago White Sox played the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series. (Submitted on November 23, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
5. "Shoeless" Joe Jackson - Find-a-Grave. He is best known today for being the most recognizable of the eight Chicago White Sox players who were banned forever from Major League baseball for his role in the 1919 "Black Sox" Scandal. (Submitted on November 23, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. "Shoeless Joe" Jackson
Joseph Jefferson Jackson, like many thousands in the South Carolina Piedmont, was the son of a tenant farmer who found his way into the textile mill. Born in 1888 in Pickens County, Jackson moved with his parents and their nine children to Brandon Mill, where Joe went to work at age thirteen. Unable to read or write, he showed promise as a baseball player and joined the Brandon team-first as catcher, then pitcher, and eventually as an outfielder. In 1907 Jackson was spotted by Tom Stauch, who soon became manager of the Greenville Spinners. Stauch hired Jackson for the handsome salary of seventy-five dollars a month, almost double his pay at Brandon.
Playing for the Spinners, Jackson made his reputation as a hitter and gained a nickname. Wearing a new pair of spiked shoes that hurt his feet, he decided to play in his stocking feet. No one noticed until the seventh inning when Jackson hit a triple. Someone called him "Shoeless Joe," and the name stuck. Near the end of the season Connie Mack gave Jackson a major league contract for $325, and his reputation as a hitter soared. Washington pitcher Walter Johnson once said that he considered Jackson the greatest natural ballplayer he had ever seen. In 1915 Charles Comiskey secured him for the Chicago White Sox for sixty-five thousand dollars.
The Black Sox case did not come to trial until 1921. On August 2 the jury found Jackson and the others not guilty. But the baseball commissioner, Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis, ended the celebration. "Regardless of the verdict of juries," he said, "no player who throws a ballgame ... will ever play professional baseball.
"Shoeless Joe" Jackson returned to Savannah where he and his wife Katie lived in the off-seasons, and played semiprofessional baseball. In 1929 the Jacksons moved to Greenville, and Joe opened a dry-cleaning business and continued to play semiprofessional baseball in the summers. In 1933 the Greenville club rejoined organized baseball and offered Jackson the position of player-manager, but Judge Landis refused to alter his ruling. In his last years, Jackson operated a liquor store and played baseball with the neighborhood children. He died on December 5, 1951, at the age of sixty three. His funeral was held in the Baptist church in Brandon where he had lived as a young man. (Source: Greenville: The History of the City and County in the South Carolina Piedmont by Archie Vernon Huff, Jr. (1995), pgs 299-300.)
— Submitted October 19, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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