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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With the 1st overall pick in the 1960 the NBA’s Cincinnati Royals selected Guard Oscar Robertson. Robertson stared in college at the University Of Cincinnati. During his college days Roberston became a 3-time scoring leader and a 3-time first team All-American. When the 1960 season began he was kicking off what would become a Hall Of Fame career.
NBA Hall Of Famer Oscar Robertson. (Getty Images
On October 19, 1960 Oscar Robertson made his NBA debut in Cincinnati against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers squad who also had a rookie who would go on to be considered one of the greats, Jerry West. Robertson’s team was victorious at home on opening night and defeated the Lakers by a score of 140-123. Robertson scored 21 points, 10 assists and had 12 rebounds in his debut as a professional.
When his rookie season was finished in March of 1961 Oscar Robertson had led his team to a fourth place finish in the NBA’s Western Division. Robertson was the leading scorer for the Royals with 2,165 points. He finished with a scoring average of 30.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 9.7 assists. Robertson also made his first All-Star appearance in 1961 where he was named the All-Star MVP. On top of all of his accomplishments during the 1960-61 seasons was being named the Rookie Of The Year.
Eleven season after his debut Oscar Robertson would win his first and only NBA Championship with the Milwaukee Bucks during the 1970-71season. Robertson played with the Royals from 1960-1970 and finished his career with the Bucks from 1970-1974. He was elected into the Hall Of Fame in 1980.
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During the 1984 NBA Draft a player would be selected by a team that needed a super star to lead them into the future. The NBA was also about to gain a future legend that is still talked three decades later. This player was none other than the University of North Carolina guard Michael Jordan. Jordan was selected by the Chicago Bulls with the 3rd overall pick that year. His rookie season was a peak into what the future of basketball and American sports was about to become.
Michael Jordan during his rookie season. (Getty Images)
Michael Jordan made his NBA debut on October 26, 1984. His Chicago Bulls were hosting the Washington Bullets. Much was expected from this rookie from North Carolina. Jordan had a solid game putting up 16 points, 7 assists, and went 6 for 7 at the free throw line. The Bulls beat the Bullets by a score of 109-93. As the season went on Jordan popularity would rise just like he would glide to the basket for one of his highlight reel dunks.
The Sports Illustrated cover that would add to Michael Jordan’s superstar status. (Sports Illustrated)
Before the end of 1984 Michael Jordan graced the cover of the iconic Sports Illustrated Magazine with the quote “A Star Is Born”. In early 1985 before the NBA All-Star Game the fans voted Jordan into the mid season classic featuring the leagues best players. Jordan faced some jealousy from his fellow players for the success he had achieved just a few months into his career. The most notable was Detroit Pistons star Isiah Thomas who has been the previous years All Star Game MVP. It has been said over the years that Thomas was trying to get the players on the Eastern Division Team to keep the ball out of Jordan’s hands and make him look like less of a star in the game. Jordan was was able to contribute in the game but hardly was the star of the game. Jordan scored only 7 points in his All Star debut.
The Chicago Bulls ended the regular season with a record of 38-44 and received a playoff birth. The Bulls lost their first round playoff series to the Milwaukee Bucks 3-1.
Michael Jordan played all 82 games for the Bulls in his debut season and put up outstanding numbers for a rookie. Jordan scored 2,313 points, 481 assists and had a free throw percentage of .845. He was also named the NBA Rookie of the year. Jordan would not win his first NBA Title until the 1990-91 season. He retired from the game for the third and final time following the 2002-2003 NBA Season. Jordan scored 32,292 points, won 6 NBA Titles and 6 NBA Finals MVP Awards during his career among many of his other accomplishments. He is considered by many to be the most popular American athelete since Babe Ruth and the greatest basketball player ever.
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With the 4th overall pick in the 1965 NFL Draft the Chicago Bears selected running back Gale Sayers from the University of Kansas. Sayers had been a two time All American and was highly touted coming out of college. The Bears were in need of a solid running back following the 1964 season in which the teams leading rusher was Jon Arnett who finished the season with 400 yards on the ground. Ronnie Bull was the second rusher in terms of yards with 320. Sayers would come in and rush for more yard than both backs combined.
Gale Sayers was a very influential running back that changed how the game was played from the back field. Sayers was an explosive rusher with the ability to stop, move and go at practically any given moment. Sayers would also become one of the best kick returners the game had seen up to that point.
Gale Sayers had a phenomenal debut season in 1965. On the ground Sayers was practically unstoppable with 867 yards, 14 touchdowns. Sayers also gained 507 yards receiving and scored 6 touchdowns. Lastly Sayers returned 16 kicks for a total of 898 yards and 2 touchdowns on kickoffs and punt returns combined. Despite the incredible season Sayers had he could only help the Bears so much. The Bears finished that season with a record of 9-5 and placed 3rd in the NFL Western Conference.
Gale Sayers was named the NFL Rookie of the at the end of the 1965 season. That season he set the record for the most touchdowns scored by a rookie with 22, a record that still stands today, almost five decades later. Sayers would only play seven total seasons before retiring after the 1971 season. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in 1977.
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On May 6, 1998 history was made at one of baseballs most historic ballparks Wrigley Field. The game was between the visiting Houston Astros and the beloved home town heroes the Chicago Cubs. Pitching for the Cubs that days was a young right handed pitch named Kerry Wood. Wood had made his Major League debut just one month earlier and was about to shock the baseball world.
In front of the crowd of 15,758 fans Kerry Wood was set to face an Atros team with former All Stars and a couple of potential Hall Of Fame Players. Players like Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio headlined the line up for the Astros that day.
Kerry Wood during his 20K performance in 1998. (Getty Images)
Wood struck out every player in the Astros line up at least once during the game. During his nine inning pitching clinic he gave up only one hit and his Cubs committed no errors. When the smoke cleared Wood had thrown a record tying 20 strike outs. The crowd was electrified from the excitement of this rare accomplishment.
Kerry Wood went on to have a respectable career with Cubs, Indians and the Yankees. He had two stints with the Chicago Cubs and in the last half of his career was a closer. He played his final game on May 18, 2012 with the Cubs, 14 years after making history. He became the 1998 National League Rookie Of The Year and a two time All-Star (2003, 2008). Wood retired with a career record of 86-75 , 3.67 and 1,582 strike outs.
Kerry Wood saying goodbye to the Wrigley Field crowd in his final game on May 18, 2012. (Getty Images)
The only other player to have struck out 20 batters in a single game was Roger Clemens, he did so in 1986 and 1996. Only Eight players have pitched 18 or more strike outs in a game. This record has not been matched or broken since Kerry Wood joined Roger Clemens on the top of this list.
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The incredible action of week 1 carried into week 2 on Sunday. Week 2 brought many great match ups and answers to questions unanswered in week 1. 2centsworthofsports.com brings you the top 3 stories from the second week of the NFL.
Eli Manning Rallies His Giants Past The Buccs, Has A Career Game
Eli Manning and the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants suffered a disappointing loss in week 1 to the Cowboys. Anxious to prove they could repeat as Champions, the Giants played the Buccs in week 2 in what turned out to be a crazy game. The Buccs came out strong in the 1st half leading the Giants 24-13 going into half time. The Giants came out of half time only scoring 3 points in the 3rd quarter. The 4th quarter is when the Giants picked it up a notch by scoring 25 points. The Giants defeated the Buccs 41-34. The game was one of the wildest of the first 2 weeks. Eli Manning faltered early with 3 interceptions but made up for it with 510 yards passing and throwing for 3 touchdowns. The 510 passing yards were a career record for Manning in one game. The Buccs looked really strong in this game but lost due to Eli and his comeback heroics. Eli and the Giants showed in week 2 that they are ready to attempt a repeat at the Championship this year.
Andrew Luck Wins 1st Career Game
The number 1 overall pick in April’s Draft Andrew Luck came in with high expectations. In week 1 he did not meet them, week 2 was another story. Luck helped his Indianapolis Colts win their 1st game of the season on Sunday against then Minnesota Vikings, winning by a score of 23-20. Luck was 20-31 passing with 224 yards in the air and rushed for 21 yards. Luck scored his first 2 touchdown passes of his career in this game, his first was to Dwayne Allen and his second to Reggie Wayne. More importantly Luck threw no interceptions which was a huge improvement from week 1 where he threw 3. Luck has definitely improved from week 1 and should develop into a really good NFL QB over the course of the season.
Matt Ryan And The Falcons Defeat Peyton Manning And The Broncos On Monday Night
On Monday Night the Broncos came into Atlanta to face the Falcons in Prime Time. Matt Ryan and the Falcons were victorious and made a statement. The Falcons are likely back to the form they were in a couple of years ago. Matt Ryan led his team to the win with excellent passing. Ryan had 219 yards passing and had 2 touchdowns. Manning on the other hand had a rough night, throwing only 1 TD pass and throwing for 3 interceptions. The Falcons scored quickly and went into halftime with a 20-7 lead. In the 3rd quarter the Falcons scored 7 points while the Broncos had 0. In the 4th quarter Manning tried to lead his team to the comeback victory as his brother Eli did on Sunday but could not pull it off. The Broncos were able to score only 14 points in the final quarter. The final score was 27-21 in favor of the Falcons. It was an interesting match up with and even more interesting outcome. The Falcons are going to be a strong team for their NFC foes to compete with this season.
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Week 3 of NCAA action has come to a close. It was the most eventful week of the season thus far. There were a few ranked teams that were dethroned, many of which by other ranked teams. This was also the toughest week to narrow down all of the excitement into 3 stories. So let’s take a look at 2centsworthofsports.com’s top 3 stories.
#21 STANFORD UPSETS #2USC
Stanford Stadium was rocking as #21 Stanford Cardinals played host to #2 USC Trojans. Stanford has gotten the best of USC in the last three years, but those were teams led by now NFL rookie Andrew Luck. It was unknown if Stanford could keep the streak alive on Saturday night. The Cardinals proved they still have USC’s number in a 21-14 win over the Trojans. Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor had a great performance, rushing for 153 yards and scoring 2 touchdowns. Stanford’s Quarterback Josh Nunes threw the game winning 37-yard TD pass to Zach Ertz with 11:10 remaining in the final quarter. With this win Standford moves to 3-0 for the season while USC now has a 2-1 record. USC is bowl eligible for the first time in 2 years and will now need to fight if they want to make it to the National Championship this year.
PITT SHOCKS #13 VIRGINIA TECH
Pitt came out strong on Saturday against #13 Virginia Tech. Pitt scored 14 unanswered points on Tech in the 1st quarter and led the game at halftime by a score of 21-3. Pitt won the game 35-14 and received strong performances from QB Tino Sunseri and running back Ray Graham. Sunseri was 19-28 passing and threw for283 yards with 3 touchdown passes and only 1 interception. Graham rushed for 94 yards and had 2 touchdowns. It was another story for the Hokies who struggled early on defense and their offense could not bring them back into the game. Hokies QB Logan Thomas was 14-31 and threw 3 interceptions. This win will likely put Pitt in the top 25 ranking and move the Hokies into the back of the top 25.
ARKANSAS DESTROYED BY #1 ALABAMA AT HOME
Arkansas went into last week ranked #8 and were upset by LA Monroe. That loss had the Razor Backs plunge out of the top 25 rankings. This game was expected to be tough for Arkansas but not a complete blow out. The Tide beat the living crap out of the Razorbacks winning the game 52-0. Alabama’s leading scorer was running back Eddie Lacy who rushed for 3 touchdowns. The Razorbacks did not have one single decent performance. Their leading rusher in the game was Johnathan Williams only ran for 6 yards. Their leading receivers were Chris Gragg and Austin Tate who only had 19 yards receiving a piece. The Razor back had high hopes for the season which have been completely crushed in Weeks 2 and 3. It will be a long season for the Razorbacks this year.
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The 2012 season is out of the gates and charging hard into the Fall. As anticipated the first week of NFL action brought much excitement and enjoyment as America’s number 1 sport began its new season. There were many potential story lines heading into week 1. Here are 2centsworthofsports.com’s Top 3 stories that developed on Sunday.
RG 3 Impresses In Rookie Debut
Robert Griffin III made his highly anticipated debut on Sunday in New Orleans against the Saints. Much like Cam Newton in his rookie season last year, RG3 rose to the occasion. Griffin lead the Redskins to a win over the Saints by a score of 40-32. More impressive than the victory were Griffin’s stats. Griffin was 19-26 with 320 yards passing, 42 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. Griffin completed his first 7 passes for over 123 yards. The most exciting play came in the 1st quarter when Griffin connected with Wide Receiver Pierre Garcon for an 88 yard touchdown pass. That TD pass would be Griffins first in the NFL and is a hell of a way to start a career. A statement was made on Sunday, Griffin is as good as we thought he would be and he makes the Redskins a legitimate threat.
Peyton Manning Showed No Signs Of Rust In His Broncos Debut
One of the first major NFL stories of the past off season was where would Peyton Manning land in free agency. The answer was Denver but that left a question remaining, how would he perform? Manning sat out the entire 2011 season after having undergone neck surgery. On Sunday night in Prime Time, Manning and the Broncos hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers. Manning was back to his usual form going 19-26 with 253 yards passing and 2 touchdown passes. The Broncos beat the Steelers 31-19 in the first game of the season. Manning showed how ready he was to be back in football. It is safe to say he will continue to be one of the best QB’s in the league this season.
#1 Pick Andrew Luck Has A Rough Debut In Chicago
The first overall pick in April’s Draft, Andrew Luck took to the field with his Colts to face the Chicago Bears. Luck came out of college with the same expectations that he is NFL ready. He may very well be but Sunday did not treat Luck very well. The Colts were defeated by the Bears by a score of 41-21. Luck was 25-43 passing with 309 yards passing, 9 yards rushing, 1 touchdown and threw for 3 interceptions. The Bears defense was too much for the Colts line who just did not give Luck enough time to be comfortable. Luck’s 3 interceptions show he was not mentally ready for this game. However his other stats look promising. The problem for Luck this season will be that the Colts have not provided him with the best supporting cast. Week 2 will be a good opportunity to see how Luck can recover from a tough loss and move forward.
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Like many sports fans I love numbers and of course numbers equal stats. So what better way to break down the most anticipated element of the 1st week of NFL action. The focus was on the top 5 rookie Quarterbacks. Those QB’s being Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Branden Weeden, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson. So let’s let the numbers speak for themselves and see how these rookies did in their first NFL games.
Robert Griffin III (Redskins)
Completion Percentage: 73.1%
Passing Yards: 320
Rushing Yards: 42
Win (Defeated the Saints 40-32)
Andrew Luck (Colts)
Completion Percentage: 51.1%
Passing Yards: 309
Rushing Yards: 9
Loss (Defeated 41-21 by the Bears)
Branden Weeden (Browns)
Completion Percentage: 34.3%
Passing Yards: 118
Rushing Yards: 25
Loss (Defeated by the Eagles 17-16)
Ryan Tannehill (Dolphins)
Completion Percentage: 55.6%
Passing Yards: 219
Rushing Yards: -1
Loss (Defeated by Texans 30-10)
Russell Wilson (Seahawks)
Completion Percentage: 52.9%
Passing Yards: 153
Rushing Yards: 20
Loss (Defeated by the Cardinals 20-16)
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It used to be that a new NFL quarterback had time to develop and flourish over multiple season, not anymore. There are many teams each year that need solutions for their QB position woes. They want it fast and the best way to go now is with a top ten QB, rather than the veteran back up or fallen starting QB. It is easier to go with a new QB and take a chance at their future. The old system of getting a veteran QB is going away because teams just don’t want to be stagnate anymore. Players like Cam Newton have done great things to changes the way teams look at top pick QB’s.
RG3 celebrates his 88-yard TD pass.
In April the Washington Redskins went in the direction that most teams are going. That direction is with a top pick QB to be the future of their franchise. With the second pick in the first round of the NFL Draft the Redskins selected Robert Griffin III (RG3). RG3 had an incredible final season at Baylor in 2011 and won the Heisman Trophy. RG3 has drawn many comparisons to Cam Newton, in terms of both athleticism and potential.
On Sunday RG3 made his highly anticipated regular season debut. He led his Redskins into New Orleans to face the Saints and one of the best QB’s in the league Drew Brees. Griffin got off to a great start completing his first 7 passes for 123 yards. One of those passes was an amazing 88 yard pass to Wide Receiver Pierre Garcon. Garcon was able to make it into the end zone for Griffin’s 1st NFL touchdown pass, which came in the 1st quarter. Griffin’s 2nd touchdown pass came in the second quarter, a 5 yard toss to Aldrick Robinson. Going into half time the Redskins were beating the Saints by a score of 20-14.
In the second half of the game Griffin led the Redskins down the field in position for 3 made field goal attempts. The Saints tried to comeback in the second half but with a just a field goal, two touchdown passes and a 2 point conversion it was just not enough. The Redskins won the game by a score of 40-32.
Griffin had an outstanding debut with 320 yards passing, 42 yards rushing, 2 touchdown passes and no interceptions. The Redskins might just be back in a big way. Griffin met all the expectations of the Redskin fans and his team, can he keep it up? That will be the fun thing to watch for this season.
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