Shoeless Joe Jackson was a passionate baseball player
Shoeless Joe Jackson was born to an impoverished family in Brandon Mill, South Carolina. He began working in the local cotton mill when he was just six years old. He remained illiterate throughout his life but never let that stop him from his dreams.
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By the time he was 13 he displayed such talent with baseball that he was the youngest to ever be allowed to play on a mill team. Joe was only 19 with a 15-year-old wife in 1908 when he contracted with the Philadelphia Athletics. He was traded to Cleveland’s baseball team in 1910 and then to Chicago White Sox in 1915.
Shoeless Joe Jackson is often remembered for his alleged involvement in what became known as the Black Sox Scandal but he’s also fondly remembered for his passion for the game of baseball.
Even after the scandal, Jackson couldn’t bear to give up the game he loved. He played “outlaw” ball around the country in the 1920’s and 1930’s under assumed names until he would be discovered and then move on to another opportunity to play.
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