16. Shoeless Joe Jackson

16. Shoeless Joe Jackson
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: July 16, 1887 in Pickens County, SC USA
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: August 25, 1908
  • Final Game: September 27, 1920
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1911
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1911
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1912
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1912
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1913
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1913
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1914
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1914
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1916
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1916
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1919
 
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The career of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson is mostly known in Chicago for his participation (or lack thereof) in the 1919 “Black Sox” scandal.  That isn’t wrong, but it was in Cleveland where Jackson had his most productive years as a baseball player.

Jackson broke in with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1908 for five Games, and another five in 1909.  Jackson, who grew up very poor, was by all accounts a simple man, and maybe that was part of his struggles in Philadelphia as he played poorly, and it was reported that he did not fit in.  He was a throw away as the "Player to be Named Later" and sent to the Indians, and it was here where he began to flourish.

Jackson broke out in 1911, with 233 Hits, 19 Triples, and a disgusting Slash Line of .408/.468/.598, finishing fourth for the MVP.  The Outfielder proceeded to lead the American League in Hits the next two seasons, as well as Triples in 1912 and Doubled in 1913. "Shoeless Joe" led the AL in OPS in 1913, and he never had an OPS under one from 1911 to 1913, and in 1913, he was second for the MVP.

In 1914, he still had a good year, but he was not the dominant player he once was, and perhaps that is why the slumping Indians felt he was expendable and traded him to Chicago, where his infamy truly began.

As an Indian, Jackson had 937 Hits with a Slash Line of .375/.441/.542. He might have been banned from the Baseball Hall of Fame, but Cleveland inducted him to their Hall in the inaugural Class of 1951.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Sent from the Philadelphia Athletics to complete an earlier deal 7/23/10.
  • Departed:

    Traded to the Chicago White Sox for Ed Klepfer, Braggo Roth, $31,500, and a Player to be Named Later (which would be Larry Chappell) 8/21/15.

  • Games Played: 674
  • Notable Statistics:

    474 Runs Scored
    937 Hits
    168 Doubles
    89 Triples
    24 Home Runs
    353 RBI
    138 Stolen Bases
    .375/.441/.542 Slash Line
    34.9 bWAR

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Highest Offensive bWAR (1913)
    Highest On Base Percentage (1911)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (1913)
    Highest OPS (1913)
    Most Hits (1912 & 1913)
    Most Total Bases (1912)
    Most Doubles (1913)
    Most Triples (1912)
    Most Assists by a Rightfielder (1912 & 1913)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Rightfielder (1911 & 1912)

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