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“Shoeless Joe” Jackson House

 
 
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By Brian Scott, June 29, 2011
1. "Shoeless Joe" Jackson House Marker
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Inscription.
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This house, built in 1940, was originally 3 mi. SW at 119 E. Wilburn Ave. It was the last home of Joseph Jefferson Wofford "Shoeless Joe" Jackson (1888-1951), one of the greatest natural hitters in the history of baseball. Jackson, born in Pickens Co., moved to Greenville as a boy. He worked at the Brandon Mill, joined the mill baseball team as a teenager, and was a star long before he made the major leagues in 1908.

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In 1911, his first full season, Jackson batted .408. He played for the Philadelphia As 1908-10, the Cleveland Naps 1910-15, and the Chicago White Sox 1915-20, with a lifetime average of .356. He helped the White Sox win the 1917 World Series, but he and 7 teammates were banned from baseball for fixing the 1919 Series. This house, where Jackson died in 1951, was moved here in 2006 and opened as a museum in 2008.
 
Erected 2011 by Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Baseball Library. (Marker Number 23-43.)
 
Location. 34° 50.483′ N, 82° 24.433′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is on Field Street west of Augusta Street (South Carolina Highway 20), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map.
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Marker is at or near this postal address: 356 Field Street, Greenville SC 29601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clay Buchholz (within shouting distance of this marker); Jim Rice (within shouting distance of this marker); Tommy Lasorda (within shouting distance of this marker); Lou Brissie (within shouting distance of this marker); Al Rosen (within shouting distance of this marker); Joe Anders (within shouting distance of this marker); Chino Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); Nolan Ryan (within shouting distance of this marker); John Smoltz (within shouting distance of this marker); Allen Temple AME Church Bell (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
 
Also see . . .
1. "Shoeless Joe" Jackson. Official website for Shoeless Joe Jackson. (Submitted on July 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. 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 July 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Baseball Library
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. Open every Saturday, 10:00am - 2:00pm. (Submitted on July 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. 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 July 2, 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.) 

6. Oakland Athletics (former Philadelphia Athletics 1901-1954). The "Athletics" name originates from the late 19th century "athletic clubs", specifically the Philadelphia Athletics baseball club. (Submitted on November 23, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

7. Cleveland Indians (former Cleveland Naps 1903-1914). The Cleveland team originated in 1900 as the Lake Shores, when the American League (AL) was officially a minor league. (Submitted on November 23, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

8. 1911 Cleveland Naps Season
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. In his rookie season, Shoeless Joe Jackson hit .408, which ranked second in the American League. (Submitted on July 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

9. Chicago White Sox. The Chicago White Sox are a Major League Baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. (Submitted on July 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
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
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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.

Jackson became part of a fast, new culture accustomed to money and flashy clothes. He purchased a pool hall and a farm in Greenville, as well as a house for his parents in Brandon. But his salary was never more than six thousand dollars. During the 1919 World Series, Jackson and seven of his teammates agreed to throw the series as their only defense against Comiskey. On September 28, 1920, Jackson appeared before the grand jury in Chicago and testified that he had received only five thousand dollars for his part in the conspiracy. According to the Chicago Herald and Examiner) "as Jackson departed from the Grand Jury room, a small boy clutched at his sleeve and tagged along after him. 'Say it ain't so, Joe,' he pleaded. 'Say it ain't so.'" Jackson was reported to have replied: "Yes, kid, I'm afraid it is."

The Black Sox case did not come to trial until 1921. On August 2 the jury found Jackson and the others not guilty. But
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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 July 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

 
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8. "Shoeless Joe" Jackson House Sign
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By Brian Scott, February 20, 2010
10. Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Library
Joseph Jefferson<br>"Shoeless Joe" Jackson<br>1888–1951 image. Click for full size.
William B. Coxe Collection, Greenville County Historical Society
11. Joseph Jefferson
"Shoeless Joe" Jackson
1888–1951
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 952 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on July 2, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   10. submitted on March 4, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   11. submitted on April 15, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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