Friday, March 14, 2014

Travis "Stonewall" Jackson -- March 14, 2014

Partly reposted from 15-October-2012

Inspired by the book Few and Chosen: Defining Giants Greatness Across the Eras by Giants great Bobby Thomson and Phil Pepe, I thought I would devote my nickname meme to Giants players for the next several months. 
Travis Jackson played shortstop for the New York Giants for many years in the 1920s and 1930s.  His nickname, Stonewall, was obviously borrowed from the Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, but it conveys a good idea of Travis Jackson's defensive abilities as a shortstop.  Despite various health and injury problems, Jackson served as team captain for two years, appeared in the 1934 All Star Game, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1982.

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