A biography on Shoeless Joe Jackson that traces the life of one of baseball's master hitters and one of its most controversial players.
Shoeless Joe Jackson's rise from the cotton mills of the American South to the big cities of the North is a classic American tale of rags to riches. Born of sharecropping parents in South Carolina, Jackson's perfect swing and legendary fielding ability would make him a star in the Major Leagues. Unfortunately, Jackson's legend was interrupted by his alleged involvement in baseball's darkest chapter, the Black Sox Scandal of 1919, which ultimately banished him to participation in outlaw baseball leagues. Kelly Boyer Sagert recounts all phases in this legendary hitter's life—from mill worker to major league outfielder, to a central figure in a national scandal, and later, to his ventures as an entrepreneur and sometime ballplayer. In analyzing the life and surrounding cultural contexts of Jackson's time, the author examines how Shoeless Joe became the controversial but enduring legend that he is today. A timeline, bibliography, statistical appendix, and narrative chapter on the making of Jackson legend enhance this biography.
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Acknowledgments Chronology of Joe Jackson's Life and Career Introduction Milltown Boy City of Brotherly Love Traded to Cleveland, 1910-1911 Cleveland Naps, 1912-1914 Changes in the Air, 1915-1917 World Series and a War, 1917-1918 Tangled Alliances Webs of Treachery Getting a Little "Jazz" Say It Ain't So, Joe! From Square Deal Verdict to Outlaw Ball Shadowed by Paradoxes Epilogue: Life's Legacy Appendix: Joe Jackson's Career and World Series Statistics Bibliography Index