Joe Jackson: The Losses

Joe Jackson in White Sox uniform

Other than one post, I’ve stayed away from Joe Jackson on this blog. It’s time to go into some depth about him. One of the defenses of him is that he did well in the 1919 World Series and thus couldn’t have been “throwing” the Series. Let’s take a look at Jackson’s plate appearances in the five games the ChiSox lost and see what we find. Then we’ll take a  look at the three games they won and see what we find. The differences may be instructive.

Game 1

Jackson went 0-4 but scored a run. In the second inning he reached on an error by the shortstop then scored on a sacrifice fly and a single. In the fourth inning he grounded to shortstop. In the sixth inning he ground out to first unassisted with runners on first and second. Both runners advanced as Jackson made the second out. No sacrifice was given. In the ninth he led off the inning with a fly to right field for the first out.

Game 2

Jackson went 3-4 with a  strikeout and no runs or RBIs. In the second inning he led off with a double and went to third on a  bunt. He did not score. In the fourth inning he singled with a runner on first. He went to third on a fielder’s choice and did not score (the fielder’s choice cut down a run at the plate). In the sixth inning with a runner on second he struck out looking. In the eighth with two outs he singled.

Game 4

Jackson went 1-4 with a strikeout and no runs or RBIs. In the second inning he led off with a double and went to third on a bunt. He did not score. In the third inning he reached on an error by the second baseman and did not score. In the sixth he led off by grounding to short. In the eighth inning he struck out for the second out.

Game 5

Jackson went 0-4. In the first inning with two men on he popped out to third for the second out. In the fourth inning he grounded to the pitcher for the second out. In the seventh inning he grounded to the second baseman to lead off the inning. In the ninth inning he grounded to the shortstop to end the game.

Game 8

Jackson went 2-5 with 2 runs and 3 RBIs. In the first inning he popped to short for the second out. In the third inning with the score 5-0 he hit a bases empty home run. In the sixth inning with one on he made the first out of the inning with a fly to center. In the eight inning with the score 10-1 and one out, he doubled in two runs, then scored with two outs. In the ninth inning he grounded to second to end the Series.

So here’s the stat line for the five games the White Sox lose:  AB-21, Hits-6, runs-3, doubles-3, triples-0, home runs-0, RBIs-3, walks-0, strikeouts-2, Average-.286, slugging .619, OBP-.286, OPS-.905.  I’ll make no comment on the stat line until I’ve completed the look at the three games Chicago wins.

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3 Responses to “Joe Jackson: The Losses”

  1. Vinnie Says:

    Could his failures to score be more the function of the hitters behind him “laying down”, than his failure to run the bases properly?

    • verdun2 Says:

      Im not sure where you get the idea I think he didn’t run the bases properly. By saying he did not score I merely state that the inning ended with him still on base. Nothing else is intended.
      v

  2. Vinnie Says:

    One of the things I’ve noted about the early days of “scientific” baseball is the extremely bad base running that seems to have been in epidemic proportions back then. Although stolen base totals were high, so too were the numbers of runners thrown out attempting to steal as can be seen from the fact that the catchers of that era routinely threw out almost half of the baserunners trying to steal.

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