Today in Tribe History: December 5, 1951

Joe Jackson passes away at the age of 64 in Greenville, South Carolina.

The first half of the career of “Shoeless Joe” often gets overlooked and goes underappreciated due to the allegations that brought an end to the professional playing days of one of the game’s all-time greats. Jackson arrived on the scene in Cleveland after two brief stints with the Philadelphia Athletics, with whom he played five games for in each of the 1908 and 1909 seasons.

In a 20-game opportunity with the Naps in 1910, he hit .387. The next season, he became a regular in the Cleveland outfield and hit .408 with a league-leading .468 on-base percentage.

He would remain with the club into the 1915 season, playing 83 games as an Indian before he was dealt to the Chicago White Sox for three players and $31,500 cash. His legacy in the Windy City is well known, as he helped lead the team to a World Series win in 1917 and hit .375 in the 1919 Black Sox scandal series.

He hit .356 in a 13-year career that was shortened by his expulsion from Major League Baseball for his role in the 1919 cheating disgrace.

Also on this date in Tribe history:

1954 – Reliever for the Indians’ 1948 World Championship club, Russ Christopher, passes away at the age of 37. He dealt with a rheumatic heart disease during his playing career that affected his conditioning and left him weak. He was 3-2 for Cleveland in 1948, posting a 2.90 ERA in 45 games with 17 saves.

2014 – Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash agrees to a contract with the Tampa Bay Rays to become the club’s manager, replacing Joe Maddon.

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