Travis Jackson

Travis Calvin Jackson
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1982
Primary team: New York Giants
Primary position: Shortstop

“In all the years I watched him, playing with him and against him, I never saw him make a mistake,” said Rogers Hornsby.

Travis Jackson was a standout shortstop for the Giants from 1922 to 1936, spending his entire career in New York. His exceptional range earned him the nickname “Stonewall,” and his leadership earned him the role of team captain.

Not known for his power hitting, Jackson established himself as an everyday player in 1924. In 151 games, he batted .302 with 11 home runs, finishing the season with two grand slams and helping the Giants win the pennant by a game and a half.

The slick-fielding shortstop was on four National League pennant-winning teams and won one World Series Championship in 1933. During the Fall Classic, Jackson scored three runs and drove in two, helping the Giants win in five games over the Washington Senators.

In Game Four of the Series, Jackson led off the 11th inning in a 1-1 game with a drag-bunt single and scored the winning run to give the Giants a 3-1 series advantage. The clutch hitter cited it as his greatest accomplishment at the time.

“I’ve punched out quite a few hits in my time, but none that have given me greater gladness than the one I punched out yesterday in the 11th to start our rally.”

Jackson batted .300-or-more six times, hitting a career-high 21 home runs in 1929 and driving in a career-best 101 runs in 1934. In 1928 he had eight RBI in one game and in 1929 he had a double, a triple and two home runs in one game.

Regularly among the league leaders in assists and double plays, he was voted the Most Outstanding Shortstop by the Sporting News in 1927, 1928 and 1929. His throwing arm and quick release were among the best in the majors. Jackson led the league in fielding average and double plays each twice, and led in assists four times.

In 1930, he hit a career-high .339. The Arkansas Sports Hall of fame member became a coach when his playing days were over, helping out the Giants, and then lending a hand to several minor league clubs.

"The greatest bunter I ever saw. "
Casey Stengel

Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 1982
Primary Team: New York Giants
Position Played: Shortstop
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Birth place: Waldo, Arkansas
Birth year: 1903
Died: 1987, Waldo, Arkansas
Played for:
New York Giants (1922-1936)
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesG
1656
At BatsAB
6086
RunsR
833
HitsH
1768
Doubles2B
291
Triples3B
86
Home RunsHR
135
RBIRBI
929
Stolen BasesSB
71
WalksBB
412
Batting AverageBA
.291
OPSOPS
.770
On Base %OBP
.337
Slugging %SLG
.433