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Shoeless Joe Jackson Quotes

"God knows I gave my best in baseball at all times and no man on earth can truthfully judge me otherwise."

"Hey, big mouth, how do you spell triple?"

"I ain't afraid to tell the world that it don't take school stuff to help a fella play ball."

"I felt I was duty-bound under contract to stick with Cleveland, and I can truthfully say, in all my playing days there and everywhere, I never shirked a duty to baseball."

"I ain't afraid to tell the world that it don't take school stuff to help a fella play ball."

"What a hell of a league this is. I hit .387, .408, and .395 the last three years and I ain't won nothin' yet!

"When I was up there at the plate, my purpose was to get on base anyway I could, whether by hitting or by getting hit.

Quotes About Shoeless Joe Jackson

"[Eddie Collins] liked to talk about Babe Ruth, the big monkey, and Lou Gehrig, the Iron Horse, and other great players, but not with the same dreamlike vision that he spoke of Jackson. Finally, one day, I was sitting in my mother's living room and he was sitting right in front of me, and I said tell me about Joe Jackson. He was looking at me and his head dropped. This wasn't an act. Then he looked at the ceiling and said, '"Boy, what a player."' He said it with reverence, and he said it with sadness." - Ted Williams

"Everything he hit was really blessed. He could break bones with his shots. Blindfold me and I could still tell you when Joe hit the ball. It had a special crack." - Ernie Shore

"He was the finest natural hitter in the history of the game." - Ty Cobb

"I copied Jackson's style because I thought he was the greatest hitter I had ever seen, the greatest natural hitter I ever saw. He's the guy who made me a hitter." - Babe Ruth

"Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." - Connie Mack

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