Baseball Oddities

Number 12: Shoeful Joe Jackson

Often confused with “Shoeless” Joe Jackson of the infamous 1919 Chicago White Sox, “Shoeful” Joe Jackson was the back up second baseman for the Kansas City Plaids in 1921. Jackson was known for the odd habit of wearing two sets of shoes at the same time, which he did in public life as well as on the diamond. Little is known about Jackson; he played three years of professional ball, batted .189 and suffered numerous ankle injuries due mainly to the simultaneous wearing of two pairs of shoes. After baseball Jackson started the unsuccessful “Shoeful” Joe Jackson’s Shoe Zoo where he presented farm animals wearing human shoes and boots.

Say it ain't so, Joe

  1. Wow, that is a strange one…

    • Art Buchwald
    • April 23rd, 2010

    I hear those old Kansas City Plaids jerseys fetch a handsome penny on ebay these days.

    • Matt
    • April 23rd, 2010

    In the zoo were the animals forced to wear shoes made of their animal brethren, or were they more of a plant based product? Or were they actually “Human Shoes”?

    • feedtim
    • April 23rd, 2010

    Yes, the Plaids uniforms are pretty collectable. The info I read about Jackson on “Oldweirdbaseballplayers.com” didn’t say anything about the kind of shoes the animals wore. Those were simpler times so I’m assuming the animals wore shoes made from the feet of prisoners

  2. I want to see the farm animals!

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