Many baseball fans consider the Legendary outfielder “Shoeless” Joe Jackson to be one of the greatest players ever. He had a very good career but unfortunately is most remembered as a member of the 1919 Black Sox scandal. One of the most impressive parts of his career is one that is often overlooked, the beginning.
The Legendary “Shoeless” Joe Jackson. (Getty Images)
Joe Jackson began his major league career in 1908 with the Philadelphia Athletics. He would end his time with the Athletics after the 1909 season. During his two seasons with the club he only played in ten games. With 40 total at bats he only reach base 7 times. He would start the 1910 season with the minor league New Orleans Pelicans but signed on to the Major League Cleveland Naps at the end of the season. He finished playing 20 games and had 75 at bats, 29 hits and a batting average of .387. It was clear following the 1910 season that Jackson had great potential.
Joe Jackson returned to the Naps in 1911 for his first full season in the Major Leagues. Jackson played a total of 147 games and led the Naps to 80-73 record (3rd best in the American League). Jackson had one of the greatest rookie seasons baseball has ever seen with a rookie batting average record of .408. His batting average in 1911 stands as the second best single season batting record to this day. Jackson notched 233 hits, 7 home runs and batted in 83 runs. “Shoeless” Joe showed everyone a preview of how great his career would become. He was traded from the Naps to the Chicago White Sox during the 1915 season.
Joe Jackson was banned from baseball following the 1919 Black Sox scandal that tarnished the name of baseball. When his career was finished he had a career bating average of .356, 1,772 hits, 54 home runs and 785 RBI’s. He would be in the Hall Of Fame today if not for the controversy he found himself in following the 1919 World Series. Over one hundred years after “Shoeless” Joe amazed the baseball world he legend still lives on and will be remembered forever.
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Miami Marlins Right Fielder Giancarlo Stanton
The Miami Marlins are having a really good month of May. Their record for this month so far is 18 wins and 8 loses. The Marlins have shown themselves to be the contenders in the N.L. East many have thought they could be. The Marlins have to give a lot of credit to Right Fielder Giancarlo Stanton (formerly known as Mike Stanton) for their success.
May has been a month where Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton solidified his place as a superstar after two incredible months of play. Hamilton has soaked up most of the mainstream sports media’s attention. Now their is another star to pay close attention to.
The Marlins and Stanton had a rough opening month of April. The power hitter had only one home run in April and it was at the end of the month. Stanton was also having a hard time getting on base at times. He has had 2 previous complete seasons in the bigs. He increased almost all of his stats from his first season in his second season last year. I have a feeling he can go even further this year.
Stanton celebrates his walk off grand slam on May 13th, 2012.
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The most exciting event for the Marlins this month came just a week ago at their home stadium known as Marlins Park. On Sunday, May 13th in the bottom of the 9th inning the Marlins were tied 4-4 with the New York Mets, Stanton came to the plate with the bases loaded. Stanton did not disappoint, he blasted a walk off grand slam to give the Fish a 8-4 victory. In the very short history of Marlin Park this moment is the biggest ending to a game the team has seen. The grand slam not only made Stanton look good, it showed that the Marlins are ready to battle it out with the teams in the really tough N.L. East.
Stanton was drafted by the Marlins in the second round of the 2007 June Draft. He was one of their top prospects until he made his Major league debut in 2010.
Stanton has been awesome in May. He hit 11 home runs and has hit 21 RBI’s this month alone. He has a season batting average of .291 and hit a total of 12 dingers and totaled 36 RBI’s so far. He is on pace to have one of his best seasons.
Giancarlo Stanton is a well rounded player with the potential to be a superstar the likes of Albert Pujols. The question is not if he will reach his full potential but when. Even the player he has been right now has been a huge benefit to the club. Stanton is the future of the Marlins franchise and their future is really bright.
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