Jackson, Travis

Travis Calvin Jackson
Born: November 2, 1903, Waldo, Arkansas
Died: July 27, 1987, Waldo, Arkansas
Played For: 
New York Giants (1922-1936)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1982

Travis Jackson was the hustling captain and clutch-hitting shortstop on John McGraw's Giants teams of the 1920s, playing through the mid-1930s. His outstanding arm, exceptional range and quick release earned him great respect in the field. Nicknamed Stonewall, after the Civil War general and for the wall of defense he supplied at shortstop, he also hit 135 home runs and compiled six .300-or-higher seasons at the plate. Rogers Hornsby praised Jackson by saying, "In all the years I watched him, playing with him and against him, I never saw him make a mistake."

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that while playing in the Minors, Travis Jackson was nearly killed after he collided head-on with an outfielder while chasing a short fly ball?
The greatest bunter I ever saw.
Casey Stengel