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Exhibition Baseball Americana

Louis van Oeyen, photographer. Ty Cobb (1886–1961) and Joe Jackson (1887–1951), 1913. Reproduction. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (058.00.00)

Ty Cobb and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson

Although they wore different jerseys, outfielders Ty Cobb and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson were cut from similar cloth, both ambitious rural Southerners who became two of baseball’s greatest hitters. The unschooled Jackson, who as a child worked in a textile mill, first signed with the Greenville Spinners for $75 a month. He was making $1,000 a month with the Chicago White Sox when he and seven teammates were banned from baseball for throwing the 1919 World Series.