Shoeless: The Life and Times of Joe Jackson

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"Shoeless" Joe Jackson was one of baseball's greatest hitters and most colorful players. Born Joseph Jefferson Wofford Jackson on July 16, 1888, in Pickens County, South Carolina, Jackson went to work in a textile mill when he was around six years old, and got his start in baseball playing for the Brandon Mill team at the age of 13 earning $2.50 a game. He emerged as the star of the team and a favorite of fans with his hitting and throwing abilities, and moved up to play in the Carolina Association, where he received his nickname "Shoeless"

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"Shoeless" Joe Jackson was one of baseball's greatest hitters and most colorful players. Born Joseph Jefferson Wofford Jackson on July 16, 1888, in Pickens County, South Carolina, Jackson went to work in a textile mill when he was around six years old, and got his start in baseball playing for the Brandon Mill team at the age of 13 earning $2.50 a game. He emerged as the star of the team and a favorite of fans with his hitting and throwing abilities, and moved up to play in the Carolina Association, where he received his nickname "Shoeless" because the blisters on his feet forced him to play in his stockings. He then made his move to the major leagues, signing on with the Philadelphia Athletics and rising to fame. This work chronicles Jackson's life from his poor beginnings to his involvement in the scandal surrounding the 1919 World Series to his life after baseball and his death December 5, 1951, with most of the work focusing on his baseball career.

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Library Journal
undeniably one of America's most remarkable hitters. The 80-year controversy over the scandal and Joe's fiercely loyal fans should provide interest in this new life of Jackson
Booklist
provocative...carefully examines Jackson's life in order to distinguish reality from myth...a fine biography that clears up many of the misconceptions regarding one of baseball's most enduring controversies
Nineteenth Century Notes
well-written and carefully documented...informative and useful
Baseball America
Examines in great detail many of the tales associated with Jackson.
Boston Sunday Globe
Astute detail...an eloquent and credible picture of Shoeless Joe and his place in baseball history.
Library Journal
Whether you see him as a knowing co-conspirator with his "Black Sox" teammates or as an innocent rube tragically swept along in the plot to throw the 1919 World Series, "Shoeless Joe" Jackson was undeniably one of America's most remarkable hitters. The 80-year controversy over the scandal and Joe's fiercely loyal fans should provide interest in this new life of Jackson by first-time author Fleitz. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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"Shoeless" Joe Jackson was one of baseball's greatest hitters and most colorful players. This work chronicles Jackson's life from his poor beginnings to his involvement in the scandal surrounding the 1919 World Series and his life after baseball. Includes b&w historical photos of Jackson and other ball players. Fleitz is a computer systems analyst and writer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786433124
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2008
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 455
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

David L. Fleitz, author of eight books on baseball history, is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. A computer systems analyst, he lives in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Introduction     1
The Kid from Brandon Mill     5
From Philadelphia to Savannah     28
Joe Arrives in Cleveland     46
.408     64
Baseball's Newest Star     85
The Greatest Natural Hitter     101
Last Place     116
Turmoil and a Trade     137
A New Beginning     162
The 1917 Season     178
World Champions     195
War and Controversy     211
The Fateful Season     232
"What the Hell Is Coming Off Here?"     256
The Winter of 1919-20     280
The Most Difficult Season     294
The Grand Jury     313
The Trial     334
"Regardless of the Verdict of Juries"     355
"I Gave Baseball All I Had"     370
Epilogue     390
Chapter Notes     415
Bibliography     430
Index     433
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2003

    Finally an objective look at Joe Jackson and the Black Sox scandal

    This is an excellent book reviewing the life of joe jackson and the era in which he lived. It also does a great job of evaluating the role of Shoeless Joe in the Black Sox Scandal

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