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Growing Up With Shoeless Joe - The Greatest Natural Player in Baseball History
by Joe Thompson  Jack L. Thompson 

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Publisher:  JTI Publishing ISBN-10:  0966253116 Type: 


Copyright:  Aug 17 1997

The tragic life story of one of baseball's most unhearlded hero's told in a new perspective, by
someone who knew him personally.

Barnes &
JTI Publishing
JTI Publishing

An early century account of a poor southern boy, who was born with a gift for baseball. A boy whose family lived and toiled in a textile mill community in an era of the poor southern living conditions.

At age thirteen, he so impressed the players of the men's team, they went to his mother asking for her permission to let him play as a member.

Young Joe Jackson became the rage of textile baseball fans in the mill leagues. His homeruns were called Saturday Specials and his line drives
were known as Blue Darters.

Joe's stardom led him to be bought from the Greenville Spinners in 1908 by the Philadelphia Athletics, the Cleveland Indians in 1910 and the Chicago White Sox in 1915.

Tagically, Joe was uneducated, rivaled by his teammates and made fun of. However, he was to later be implicated in the 1919 World Series Black Sox scandal, and later banished from baseball at the prime of his life by commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis in 1920. The fact was Joe claimed his innocence until his dying day, December 5, 1951.


The worst thing that ever happened to me was not being thrown out of baseball, but that I never had any kids of my own. - Joe Jackson, 1949

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