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Shoeless Joe Jackson was one of baseball's greatest hitters and most colorful players. Born 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, 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 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. This entry refers to the LARGE PRINT edition. For the standard edition please see ISBN 978-0-7864-0978-5.
In this critically acclaimed biography, the life and career of Joe Jackson is examined anew. The story of Jacksons youth and early experiences in textile baseball, his rise to stardom in the American League, and his involvement in the Black Sox scandal are carefully described and documented.