Travis Jackson

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Travis Calvin Jackson

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10½", Weight 160 lb.

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1982

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Biographical Information[edit]

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"Jackson is at once the delight and despair of every manager other than John McGraw. It's a delight to see him play, but he makes you despair of ever having a shortstop like him." - Bucky Harris

"There is not another 150-pound man in the country who can hit as far as Jackson." - John McGraw


Hall of Famer Travis Jackson played fifteen seasons in the big leagues, all with the New York Giants. An above-average hitter, he had good range factors at shortstop and undoubtedly would have won some Gold Gloves had the award been available then. He appeared in four World Series and was twice in the top five in MVP voting. In his first World Series appearance, in 1923, he was just 19, making him the first player to appear in the Fall Classic before turning 20.

There are two Hall of Famers on his similarity list: Lou Boudreau and Frank Baker. The most similar player is listed as Carlos Baerga, although Baerga was a second baseman who never won a Gold Glove and Jackson's power was undoubtedly more notable in his era than Baerga's was in his.

Jackson's New York Times obituary calls him a "gritty, crowd-pleasing shortstop" who was "widely regarded as the best shortstop in the National League for most of his career". The Giants originally acquired him from the Little Rock Travelers of the Southern Association. He performed at a high level in spite of a series of injuries.

After his playing career, Jackson managed the Jersey City Giants for a year and a half (1937-1938), was a coach for the New York Giants (1939-1940), managed the Jackson Senators in 1946, coached for the Giants again (1947-1948), and managed the Tampa Smokers in 1949. He then began an 11-year association with the Boston/Milwaukee Braves organization, managing mostly in the low minors (1950-1960). His 1954 Lawton Braves won the Sooner State League playoffs, and the 1955 Lawton team had the best record in the league and won the playoffs again.

He fought tuberculosis for five years.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NL All-Star (1934)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1929)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (1934)
  • Won a World Series with the New York Giants in 1933
  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 1982

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1937 Jersey City Giants International League 50-100 8th New York Giants
1938 Jersey City Giants International League 37-47 -- New York Giants replaced by Hank DeBerry on July 14
1946 Jackson Senators Southeastern League 64-71 5th Boston Braves
1949 Tampa Smokers Florida International League 46-38 -- none replaced by Wes Ferrell (35-34) on July 2
1950 Owensboro Oilers KITTY League 64-51 4th Boston Braves Lost in 1st round
1951 Bluefield Blue-Grays Appalachian League -- Boston Braves replaced by Xavier Rescigno on June 25
Hartford Chiefs Eastern League 40-43 4th Boston Braves Lost in 1st round replaced Tommy Holmes (35-22) on June 25
1952 Appleton Papermakers Wisconsin State League 63-60 4th Boston Braves none
1953 Appleton Papermakers Wisconsin State League 43-77 7th Milwaukee Braves
1954 Lawton Braves Sooner State League 81-58 2nd Milwaukee Braves League Champs
1955 Lawton Braves Sooner State League 95-44 1st Milwaukee Braves League Champs
1956 Lawton Braves Sooner State League 80-60 2nd Milwaukee Braves Lost in 1st round
1957 Lawton Braves Sooner State League 59-66 6th Milwaukee Braves
1958 Midland Braves Sophomore League -- Milwaukee Braves -- replaced by Earl Halstead on May 30
1959 Eau Claire Braves Northern League 7th Milwaukee Braves replaced by Robert Dudley on June 12 /
replaced Gordon Maltzberger on June 24
1960 Davenport Braves Midwest League 55-65 5th Milwaukee Braves

Further Reading[edit]

  • Walter M. Langford: "Travis Jackson: He Captained John McGraw's Giants", Baseball Digest, September 1984, pp. 89-95. [1]

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