How much was Shoeless Joe Jackson worth?
|Net Worth:||$3 Million|
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Player|
|Date of Birth:||July 16, 1887|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Shoeless Joe Jackson
- Born: July 16, 1887Hometown: Pickens County, S.C.
- Died: Dec. 5, 1951
- Height: 6-1
- Weight: 200 pounds
- Bats: Left
- Throws: Right
- Family: Wife, Katie
- Primary position: Left field
Before The Bigs:
- Never learned to read or write growing un in rural South Carolina, and never went to school. Worked in a mill beginning at age 6 or 7, and earned a spot in the lineup for the mill’s baseball team at age 13, right around the turn of the 20th century.
- At age 19, he signed with the Greenville Spinners for $75 a month, and led the Class D Carolina League with a .346 average. Earned the nickname “Shoeless Joe” in a game with Greenville when he played a game in his stocking feet because his shoes were not broken in.
- Connie Mack and the Philadelphia Athletics bought his contract in August 1908, and made his first big-league appearance and singled in his first at-bat. But homesick for his family and his 15-year-old wife, he returned to South Carolina in September.
- Won a batting title for Class C Savannah of the South Atlantic League in 1909, batting .358, and then for Class A New Orleans of the Southern Association in 1910, hitting .354 with 19 triples.
- Traded to the Cleveland Naps in July 1910, and he reported to Cleveland that September.
- One of the greatest hitters and controversial figures in baseball history. His power swing was revolutionary, and Babe Ruth said he copied his swing from Jackson.
- Was a career .356 hitter in his 12-year big-league career — only Ty Cobb (.367) and Rogers Hornsby (.359) had higher career batting averages.
- Finished the 1910 season with a .387 batting average and five triples in 86 at-bats.
- Feeling more comfortable in Cleveland than he did in Philadelphia, he embarked on an incredible rookie season in 1911 with the Naps. He hit .408, a rookie record that might never be broken, even though he finished second in the AL behind Detroit’s Cobb, who batted .420. He had 233 hits and set team records that still stand for hits, average and outfield assists (32). He also had 41 stolen bases.
- In 1912, he batted .395 with 90 RBI, 121 runs, 226 hits and 26 triples, which still stands as an American League record.
- Finished second in MVP award voting in 1913, when he hit .373 and led the AL with a .551 slugging percentage.
- Missed 35 games with a broken leg in 1914 and his average dropped to .338. The team was renamed the Indians in 1915 (after trading Napoleon Lajoie) and in financial trouble, so the Indians traded him to the Chicago White Sox for $31,500 in cash and three players. It was the most expensive trade in big-league history at the time.
- Rebounded to hit .341 with a league-best 21 triples in 1916, then .301 with 75 RBI at age 29 in 1917.
- Worked in a shipyard throughout most of 1918 because of World War I, then returned to hit .351 in 1919 as the White Sox won the AL pennant. He drove in the winning run in the pennant-clinching game.
- Hit .375 in the World Series, but was implicated in the Black Sox scandal, when several members of the team conspired with gamblers to throw the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. Jackson hit .375 in the series, but eight of his 12 hits came in the games Chicago tried to win. He reportedly received just $5,000 in the conspiracy.
- As the Black Sox scandal was investigated, Jackson played with Chicago in 1920 and had one of his best seasons, hitting .382 with a career-high 121 RBIs and an AL-best 20 triples.
- Jackson and his teammates were acquitted by a jury, but commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Landis banned Jackson and seven other players for life, which is why Jackson has never been eligible to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Operated a pool parlor, restaurant and liquor store in Greenville, S.C., until his death in 1951 at age 63.
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