"J" is for Jackson, Joseph Jefferson Wofford (1888-1951)

Oct 14, 2020

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"J" is for Jackson, Joseph Jefferson Wofford (1888-1951). Baseball player.  “Shoeless Joe” Jackson grew up in the textile mill villages of the upcountry. At thirteen he began playing baseball for several mill teams. In 1908 he earned his nickname “Shoeless Joe” while playing for the Carolina Spinners, a Class D professional team. The Philadelphia Athletics purchased his contract in 1908 and he played with them before being traded to the Cleveland Indians. In 1915 Jackson was traded to the Chicago White Sox, leading the team to a World Series title in 1917 and a pennant in 1919. He was barred from baseball for his participation in a scheme to throw the World Series in 1919. Joseph Jefferson Wofford Jackson was one of baseball’s first modern power hitters, always taking a full swing and consistently hitting for power.