Joe Jackson Timeline
1888 *
-- Joseph Jefferson Jackson is born in Pickens County, South Carolina, the first of six boys and two girls (Joe, Dave, Jerry, Earl, Ernest, Luther, Lula Mae and Gertrude) brought into the world by George and Martha Jackson.
18936 Joe Jackson goes to work at the Pelzer textile mill at the age of 6 years old.
190114 George moves the family from Pelzer mill to the newly constructed Brandon Mill. Joe begins to play ball on the Brandon Mill team at the age of 13, he turned 14 in July of 1901.
190619 Joe begins his semipro career with the Greenville Near Leaguers.
190821 Enters professional baseball with Greenville in the Carolina Association and leads league in batting with a .346 average; the same year he marries his sweetheart Katherine Wynn and makes his major league debut with the Philadelphia Athletics. Joe plays 5 games with the Athletics before departing for his native South.
190922 Joe plays 118 games for the South Atlantic League Savannah, GA team and bats .358 for the year.
191023 Connie Mack trades Joe to Cleveland where he reports to their New Orleans minor league club. Joe plays 136 games for New Orleans and bats .354 for the Southern League season. Joe is brought up to the Cleveland squad for the last 20 games of the season and bats .387 during that time.
191124 Bats .408 during his first full major league season, highest batting average ever by a rookie.
191225 Bats .395 and leads American League in triples; Joe signs a contract with J.F. Hillerich and Sons to have his signature appear on their famous Louisville Slugger baseball bats.
191326 Leads American League with 197 hits and .551 slugging average.
191427 Joe's father George dies on February 11, 1914 at the age of 57.
191528 Joe is traded to the Chicago White Sox on August 20, 1915. The Sox gave 31,500 in cash and three players (Braggo Roth, Larry Chappell and Ed Klepfer) for Jackson. This deal would forever change his life. Jackson took the train back to Chicago that night (August 20th) with Harry Grabiner and played leftfield in a doubleheader the next day for the Sox.......he went one for seven against the Yankees.
191730 Joe bats .307 and stars in the field, helping the White Sox win the World Series over the New York Giants 4 games to 2.
191831 Joe takes a job in the ship yards during World War I, he takes a lot of heat for not going overseas; during this time Joe continues to play baseball for industrial league teams. Once the war was over and Joe returned to Chicago, he was soon forgiven for not going overseas to fight.
191932 Jackson bats .351 during the regular season;posts .375 average at bat and a perfect 1.000 fielding average. Joe hits the only homerun of the series, scores 5 runs, has 6 RBI's in the World Series as the White Sox lose to the Cincinnati Reds.
192033 Bats .385 during regular season and leads league in triples for third time; Joe is suspended after allegations that 8 members of the White Sox conspired together to throw the 1919 World Series.
192134 Chicago jury acquits Jackson of helping to fix the 1919 World Series, however Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, first commissioner of baseball, goes against the court ruling stating that baseball is perfectly capable of governing itself and bans Jackson and seven other Chicago players from ever playing professional baseball again.
192235 Jackson returns to Savannah, Georgia, and opens a dry-cleaning business which becomes very successful. Joe plays baseball in the summer with various teams including many teams in the North.
192336 Joe starts the summer out playing ball in Bastrop, LA and then signs to play for the Americus, Georgia team and leads them to the Georgia Little World Series where he bats .500 and they won the series in six games. Joe finishes with the Waycross, Georgia team.
192437 Joe spends time in St. Louis coaching Ernest Wingard, a former teammate of his from the Americus, GA team. Wingard had been signed with the St. Louis Browns and Joe went to help Ernest get a good start in the Big Leagues. Joe returned from St. Louis in early July and took over the Waycross, GA team as player manager. Joe led the Waycross team to the Georgia state championship.
192538 Joe returns to manage and play for the Waycross Coast Liners for another season. Waycross won 59 games against 19 losses that year.
192942 Joe's mother Martha becomes ill and Joe and Katie return to Greenville from Savannah for a few weeks to care for her. They later take her with them to Savannah so that she may be close to Joe and his sister Lula.
193245 Joe returns to Greenville, South Carolina and is signed to play the 1932 season with the Greenville Spinners. Joe plays with the Spinners until almost the end of their season....then signs to play with a semi-pro team in Philadelphia, PA to finish out the summer playing season. Joe's beloved mother Martha dies on August 25, 1932 at the age of 68.
193346 Joe and Katie move from Savannah back to Greenville for good, first opening a barbecue restaurant and then opening Joe Jackson's Liquor Store, which they operate until Joe's death. In the summer of 1933, Joe played for Poe Mills in Greenville.
193447 Joe played and managed the Winnsboro Mill Royal Cords in Winnsboro, SC.
193750 Joe manages the Woodside Mill team, his brother Jerry is his star pitcher.
194154 Joe plays in his first and last night game. Joe is asked to put on a hitting exhibition and belts two home runs in the process.
195164 Joseph Jefferson Jackson suffers a massive heart attack and dies at home on December 5th.

* While Joe Jackson's death certificate and his grave marker list his date of birth as 1888, we believe that in fact he was born in 1887. We base this belief on the fact that Joe gave many interviews over his lifetime and in most of them he was asked his age at the time. If one takes the age quoted, from the year it was quoted in, it always comes up to the year of birth as 1887. All family records were lost in a fire so there is no way of proving this, however logic would lead one to believe that Joe would know his own age when asked. This is the main reason we here at the Virtual Hall of Fame have come to the conclusion that Joe was born in 1887.
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