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Shoeless : the life and times of Joe Jackson
Fleitz, David L., 1955-
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Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2001]

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vi, 314 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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GV865.J29 F54 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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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.

Author Notes

David L. Fleitz is a web developer and database analyst who lives in Troy, Michigan. A longtime SABR member, he has written eight other books on baseball history.

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Booklist Review

Shoeless Joe Jackson was banned from major-league baseball for life as a result of his alleged involvement in the 1919 World Series gambling scandal. Because of the ban, Jackson, like Pete Rose, is ineligible for membership in baseball's Hall of Fame. In the scholarly yet readable style of the best baseball biographies (Charles Alexander on Ty Cobb or Robert Creamer on Babe Ruth), Fleitz carefully examines Jackson's life in order to distinguish reality from myth. Many view Jackson as a tragic figure, an illiterate phenom who was hustled by city slickers and left a broken man. Fleitz points out that Jackson was a shrewd character whose love of baseball was outstripped only by his love of money. After he was banned, he went home to South Carolina, where he became a successful businessman and, by most accounts, led a satisfying life bereft of bitterness. To paraphrase Fleitz, Jackson left home to play some ball, got into a little scrape up north, and came back home. This is a fine biography that clears up many of the misconceptions regarding one of baseball's most enduring controversies. --Wes Lukowsky

Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.