» July 25, 1910:
Connie Mack trades Joe Jackson to Cleveland for Bris Lord, a former A's OF.
» July 30, 1910:
The "surprise of the year," according to Ed Bang in Sporting Life, "came on July 30th when it was announced that the Naps had secured Joe Jackson from the New Orleans Pelicans for $5,000. It is believed that Connie made the Naps the concession [as part of the Lord-Rath trade] to allow them to purchase Jackson from New Orleans." Jackson had been up with the A's briefly in 1908 and 1909.
» September 23, 1911: Walter Johnson gives up a 2-run homer in the 6th inning to Joe Jackson, the 8th four-bagger the Big Train has allowed this year. Johnson had given up just two in the previous four seasons. Cleveland whips the Senators 61.
» June 30, 1912: In game two of a DH at St Louis, Joe Jackson ties the major-league record with three triples to pace Cleveland to a 151 pasting of the Browns.
» July 20, 1912:
In Chicago, the Phils pound the Cubs, 142. Sherry Magee leads the way with two steals of home tying a ML record. On August 1, Joe Jackson will swipe home twice to set a AL record.
» August 11, 1912: Cleveland's Joe Jackson becomes the 2nd AL player to steal home twice in a game. He steals home in the first inning, and then in the 7th, he steals 2B, 3B, and home.
» October 8, 1913: Christy Mathewson ties the Series, shutting the Athletics out for 10 innings to beat Eddie Plank 30. Mathewson also brings in the winning run with a double in the 10th. In the 9th, Matty is saved twice by pitcher Hooks Wiltse, playing 1B. Wiltse entered the game in the 3rd as a pinch runner for Fred Snodgrass, pressed in to action at 1B. The A's put runners on 2B and 3B with no outs in the final inning, and the next two batters hit shots to 1B. Both times Wiltse guns out a runner at home and Matty gets the last out to send the game into extra innings. Before the game, Walter Johnson (367, 243 strikeouts, 11 shutouts) is presented the Chalmers Award, and an automobile, as the AL's MVP. Joe Jackson is 2nd in the voting.
» August 20, 1915: The White Sox obtain Joe Jackson from Cleveland in exchange for OF Braggo Roth, OF Larry Chappell, P Ed Klepfer, and $31,500. Roth will lead the American League in homers this year with 7.
» June 17, 1916: The White Sox pound Babe Ruth for 12 hits, including three by Joe Jackson, in eight innings and beat the visiting Red Sox, 50. The loss drops Boston into 6th place.
» July 4, 1916: Joe Jackson goes 3-for-5 against the Athletics. In 30 games since May 31st, he has hit 55-for-104, a .524 BA.
» July 30, 1917:
The host Red Sox top the White Sox, 31, behind Babe Ruth's 4-hitter. Chicago bunches three of the four hits in the 3rd, including an RBI triple by Joe Jackson.
» September 2, 1917: The first place White Sox take a pair from the Tigers, winning 72 and 65. The Sox bunch four in the 1st and three more in the 3rd to make the shine ball's leading proponent, Ed Cicotte, a winner over Willie Mitchell. In the nitecap, the Sox snap a tie in the 9th when Eddie Collins, with one stolen base already, swipes 2B and 3B after a walk. Joe Jackson's sac fly brings him home.
» September 27, 1917: The Red Sox play a benefit game against an AL all-star team and Babe Ruth and Rube Foster combine for a 20 shutout. The AL squad features Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, and Joe Jackson in the outfield. More than $14,000 is raised for the family of sports writer Tim Murnane, who died February 13th. Murnane had played and managed in Boston in the 19th century. Actress Fanny Brice helps sell programs and former heavyweight champ John L. Sullivan coaches 3B for the Sox. Ruth wins the fungo hitting contest with a drive of 402 feet, while Joe Jackson has the longest throw at an impressive 396 feet.
» October 15, 1917: After Red Faber and Rube Benton match three scoreless innings in Game Six, Eddie Collins leads off the 4th and hits a grounder to Heinie Zimmerman at 3B. Collins takes 2nd when the throw gets past 1B Walter Holke. Joe Jackson's fly to RF is dropped by Dave Robertson, and Collins goes to 3B. When Happy Felsch hits one back to the pitcher, Collins breaks for home. Benton throws to 3B to catch Collins, and C Bill Rariden comes up the line. But with Zimmerman in pursuit Collins keeps running and slides home safely. Zimmerman will be blamed for chasing the runner, but nobody was covering home plate. The Giants come back with two runs on Buck Herzog's triple in the 4th, but Faber wins his 3rd of the Series 42. The winners earn $3,669.32 each; the losers $2,442.21. One-fourth of each team's share, about $4,000, is divided equally among the clubs in each league.
» January 22, 1918: The Yankees trade P Nick Cullop, P Urban Shocker, C Les Nunamaker, 3B Fritz Maisel, and infielder Joe Gedeon to the Browns for P Eddie Plank and 2B Del Pratt. Plank, a 300-game winner, retires, but Pratt gives New York three good years at 2B. Shocker is the gem, posting four straight seasons of 20 or more wins in St. Louis. Maisel, who the Yankees refused to trade in early 1916 for either Boston's Tris Speaker (and cash) or Chicago's Joe Jackson, will hit just .232 in 90 games and be gone.
» October 1, 1919:
Just before the start of the WS, the highly favored
White Sox became the betting underdogs. A year later
the White Sox will become the Black Sox, and 8 of
them--pitchers Eddie Cicotte and Lefty Williams, outfielders
Joe Jackson and Happy Felsch, 1B Chick Gandil, SS
Swede Risberg, 3B Buck Weaver, and utility infielder
Fred McMullin--will be barred from baseball for taking
part in throwing the Series. It will take that long
for the story to unfold, as most observers at the
time see nothing amiss when the Series opens in Cincinnati.
» October 2, 1919:
In game 2 after an easy 3 innings, Lefty Williams
walks 3 Reds, gives up a single to Edd Roush and a
triple to Larry Kopf, and the Reds lead 3-0.
Slim Sallee scatters 10 hits as Risberg and Gandil
fail in the clutch. The final score is 4-2.
Joe Jackson has 3 hits; his .375 BA will make it appear
later that he was trying.
» October 3, 1919:
Back in Chicago, 5 foot 7 inch rookie lefty Dickie
Kerr pitches a 3-hitter, as Chicago wins 3-0.
Joe Jackson is 2-for-3 and Gandil drives in 2 runs.
Ray Fisher takes the loss. Cuban Adolfo Luque becomes
the first Latin American ML player to appear
in a WS game, pitching one inning of relief for the
Reds in game 3 at Comiskey Park.
» October 8, 1919:
Ed Cicotte pitches game 7, and the Sox play like
they mean it. Joe Jackson and Felsch drive in 2 each
for a 4-1 win. The Reds make 4 errors behind
Slim Sallee's pitching, before 32,006 Cincinnati fans
who pay a record WS game receipt total of $101,768.
» October 9, 1919:
Lefty Williams gets one man out in the first
before departing. The Reds lead 4-0, and go on
to give Hod Eller a 10-5 victory and the Reds
the world title in 8 games. Joe Jackson hits the only
HR of the Series. Eddie Collins's 3 hits give him
a total of 42 in WS play, a record broken in 1930
by Frank Frisch, and bettered by Lou Gehrig in 1938.
A SB by Collins is his 14th in WS competition, a record
tied by Lou Brock in 1968.
» September 17, 1920:
The first place Indians top the A's, 93, while the White Sox, behind Red Faber, are again beating the Yankees, 64. Faber gets first inning help from Eddie Collins, Joe Jackson, and Happy Felsch who all hit two-out triples: Collins and Jackson triple later as Chicago totals an American League record six triples. The 3rd place Sox are one 1/2 games back.
» September 23, 1920: The Chicago grand jury indictment adds the names of former featherweight boxing champ Abe Attell, Hal Chase, and Bill Burns as go-betweens in the World Series scandal. Confessions, later repudiated, are signed by Ed Cicotte, Joe Jackson, Lefty Williams, and Happy Felsch.
» September 25, 1920: Behind Shoeless Joe Jackson's homer and two doubles and the pitching of Claude Williams, the White Sox beat host Cleveland 51, to shave the Indians lead down to a 1/2 game. Jackson is hitting .387.
» October 23, 1920:
The Chicago grand jury indictment adds the names
of former featherweight boxing champ Abe Attell, Hal
Chase, and Bill Burns as go-betweens in the WS scandal.
Confessions, later repudiated, are signed by Ed Cicotte,
Joe Jackson, Lefty Williams, and Happy Felsch.
» January 19, 1934: Judge Landis denies Shoeless Joe Jackson's appeal for reinstatement.
» February 2, 1936: The baseball writers vote for the first players to be named to the new Baseball Hall of Fame. Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson each receive the requisite 75 percent of ballots cast. Active players also are eligible in this first election, with Rogers Hornsby finishing 9th, Mickey Cochrane 10th, Lou Gehrig 15th, and Foxx 19th. Tainted former star Hal Chase receives 11 votes for 25th place, and Joe Jackson has two votes to tie for 36th place.
» February 21, 1951: The South Carolina House introduces a resolution urging that "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, who was banished from baseball because of his part in the Black Sox Scandal of 1919, be reinstated.
» December 6, 1990:
At Leland's auction house in New York City, Shoeless Joe Jackson's signature is sold for $23,100, the most money ever paid for a 19th or 20th century signature. Jackson, who could not read or write, copied the signature from one written out by his wife. The signature, which was resold within hours, was cut from an unknown document.
» November 8, 1999:
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution calling for Shoeless Joe Jackson to be honored. The resolution stops short of calling for his induction into the Hall of Fame. "It is worthy for this body to take a few minutes to stand up for fairness and right an old wrong," said Rep. Jim DeMint, the author of the resolution who represents Jackson's hometown of Greenville, S.C. Jackson was eligible for the Hall of Fame until 1991 but was never voted in either by the Baseball Writers' Association of American or the veterans committee. In 1991, the Hall's board adopted a resolution prohibiting players on the permanently banned list. The resolution now goes to the Senate.
» July 15, 2000:
A 1909 Honus Wagner baseball club is auctioned for a record $1.1 million on eBay. Other high priced items in the auction include a baseball autographed by the entire 1919 Chicago "Black Sox" team, including Shoeless Joe Jackson, as well as the umpires who worked the final game of the 1919 World Series sells for $93,666, including a 15 percent buyer's premium. A ball signed by the 1919 Reds goes for $11,208, while a baseball autographed by Babe Ruth sells for $76,020. A contract from Shoeless Joe Jackson's sale of his Chicago pool hall to teammate Lefty Williams, sells for $36,098. The contract, dated Oct. 6, 1921, is for just $1.
» August 8, 2001:
Rob Mitchell of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, agrees to pay $577,610 for "Shoeless" Joe Jackson's famous bat, "Black Betsy." It is believed to be the highest price ever paid for a bat.
» September 28, 2001:
In the Mariners' 53 win over the A's, Ichiro Suzuki has infield hits in his first two at bats to tie Shoeless Joe Jackson's rookie hits record of 233. Before the game, Mariners starting SS Carlos Guillen is hospitalized after being diagnosed with pulminary tuberculosis. He'll make it back for the ALCS.
» September 29, 2001: The A's defeat the Mariners, 84, as SS Miguel Tejada hits for the cycle, capping his night with a 7thinning grand slam. Seattle OF Ichiro Suzuki gets his 234th hit of the season to set a new ML rookie record. The previous mark had been set by Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1911. Suzuki also ties the AL record for singles in a season (187) with the hit. Wade Boggs performed the feat in 1985.
» May 7, 2002:
A collector from Pennsylvania buys Shoeless Joe Jackson's famous bat, Black Betsy, for $577,610, believed to be the highest price ever paid for a bat.