Saturday, June 9, 2012

QUESTION - RON, DID "SHOELESS" JOE JACKSON EVER PLAY IN SYRACUSE

When looking back on Syracuse Baseball History, we find the Chicago White Sox did visit the city back on August 15, 1916. The game was played at Star Park located on North Salina Street near Onondaga Lake (where Carousel Center now stands). Four of the eight player banned by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis played in the contest- "Happy" Felsch, Fred Mc Mullen, Buck Weaver and "Shoeless" Joe Jackson.

That day the White Sox roster also included third baseman Nemo Liebold, who later became manager of the Syracuse Chiefs in 1935-36 seasons.

The game itself was a laughter as the White Sox mauled the Stars by a score of 16-0. Joe Jackson combined for a triple and two singles in his three plate appearances before he withdrew from the contest. "Happy" Felsch followed with two more hits while Buck Weaver added luster when he lifted a home run over the right field wall. Reports called it the longest home run of the 1916 season. Fred McMullen also collected a pair of hits as the Sox totaled 22 base knock by games end.

Former American League hurler Dave Roth took the mount for Syracuse, but Stars hitters could only scratch out two singles in 29 trips to the plate. On the plus side the Syracuse Stars went on to win the 1916 New York State League championship with a record of 81-52

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