He was a fantastic natural batter who went to play for the Chicago White Sox. He’d a career .356 batting average, among the greatest ever, and was banished in the sport because of his participation in fixing a World Series results. Jackson expired on December 5, 1951, in South Carolina.
His family never had any cash and in the age of 6, Jackson, who never went to school and was illiterate his lifetime, worked in a cotton mill. By his early teen years, but, the gangly Jackson was already a brilliant baseball player, controlling senior players while playing for the factory team. In 1908 the Philadelphia A’s bought Jackson’s contract for $325 from the Greenville Spinners.
The next season it had been substantially exactly the same. Jackson’s skills were such that he drew compliments in the mercurial Ty Cobb and even Babe Ruth, who gushed: “I duplicated (Shoeless Joe) Jackson’s fashion since I believed he was the best hitter I’d ever seen, the greatest natural hitter I ever saw. He is the man who made me a batter.”
In 1917, Jackson helped lead his new team into a World Series title. During the 1919 season, it seemed as though Jackson as well as the White Sox would again end the season as champions. The team steamrolled through the contest, with Jackson hitting .351 and knocking in 96 base runners.
But for every one of the team’s success, the club’s owner, Charles Comiskey, chosen to underpay his players rather than pay out promised bonuses. Dissatisfied and furious, eight members, including Jackson, chose to take payment for throwing the 1919 World Series from the Cincinnati Reds. For Jackson’s part, the hard hitting ballplayer was guaranteed $20,000, a major bump in pay from his $6,000 wages. However, Jackson did not quite throw in the towel for every single match.
But not everything went as intended. When it absolutely was over Jackson just received $5,000 for the repair. When the fix was found all eight players were brought to trial. Jackson and his teammates were all acquitted but in 1920, baseball’s recently appointed commissioner, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, prohibited the group in the sport for life.
Finally, Jackson retired to Greenville, South Carolina, along with his wife Katie. There, he managed several companies, including a pool living room as well as a liquor store. For the remainder of his life Jackson attempted to get reinstated to the match in the hope that would he be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. It never occurred. Jackson expired on December 5, 1951.