Signed by John McGraw as an 18-year old in 1922, Travis Jackson made his big league debut before he was old enough to vote. The following season he played in 96 games, splitting time between shortstop and third base. A key reserve for the pennant-winning Giants, the sure-handed Jackson hit .275.
McGraw thought enough of his young player to trade away starting shortstop and future Hall of Famer Dave Bancroft after the ’23 season. The move paid immediate dividends. Jackson hit .302 with 11 homers and 76 RBI to help push New York back to the World series.
Though they dropped to Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators, Jackson established himself as a star. For the ten-year period from 1923-1932 Jackson hit an even .300. By the time his playing career ended in 1936, Jackson had received MVP votes in 7 of his 15 seasons. A lifelong member of the Giants, he played in four Fall Classics, earning a World Series ring in 1933.
After the Giants released him at the conclusion of the 1936 World Series, Jackson remained in the game as a coach and minor league manager. He left the game for good in 1960.
Jackson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982.
Shown here is Travis Jackson’s baseball card from the iconic 1933 Goudey Gum Company. Jackson has boldly signed the center of the card.