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League Park - Shoeless Joe Jackson

 

"I copied (Shoeless Joe) Jackson's style because I thought he was the greatest hitter I had ever seen, the greatest natural hitter I ever saw. He's the guy who made me a hitter." - Babe Ruth

 

Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson
Born : 7/16/1889
Pickens County, South Carolina
Died : 12/5/1951
Greenville, South Carolina
Position : Left Fielder

Joseph Jefferson Jackson played left field for most of his career, currently has the third highest career batting average. In 1911, Jackson hit for a .408 average. That average is still the sixth highest single-season total since 1901, which marked the beginning of the modern era for the sport. His average that year set the record for highest batting average in a single season by a rookie. In 1912, Jackson hit .395 with 90 RBI.  He also had 44 doubles and 26 triples.  Jackson could also steal a base or two.  In 1911, he stole 41 bases.  In 1912, he had 35 steals.  The following season, Jackson had another special year at the plate.  He hit .373 with 71 RBI, 39 doubles, 17 triples, and 26 steals. Even though he had hit .408 in 1911, .395 in 1912, and .373 in 1913, Jackson did not win a batting title. 

In 1999, Joe Jackson was ranked Number 35 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team

.Joe Jackson's Career Stats:

13 seasons • Years of service 1908-1920
1330 Games Played • .356 Batting Average • 785 RBI
54 Homeruns • 873 Runs • 1774 Hits
202 Stolen Bases • 307 Doubles • 168 Triples

G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG
1,332 4,981 1,772 307 168 54 873 785 519 158 .356 .423 .517

 

Shoeless Joe's grave

Shoeless Joe Jackson - Woodlawn Cemetery - Greenville, SC