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Congratulations to Mauldin Senior Baseball player Joe Jackson! 

 Joe will continue his baseball career with the Citadel in the Fall of 2010!

photo credit Gwinn Davis

November 12, 2009
 

Shoeless Joe’s descendant advances baseball career

The Citadel awards scholarship to Mauldin’s Jackson

By Bob Castello
Staff Writer

MAULDIN -- Joe Jackson, a senior at Mauldin High, said his father usually wears the ring.

But on Wednesday, the day Jackson signed a baseball scholarship with The Citadel, he wore the 1917 World Series ring that belonged to his great-great-great uncle -- “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.

“This is the third time I’ve worn it,” Joe Jackson said of the ring the former baseball great passed on to young Joe’s father’s side of the family.

Jackson said he takes pride in being related to “Shoeless” Joe, and he looks forward to continuing his own career at The Citadel.

“Everybody says he’s a throwback baseball player,” said Mauldin coach Jim Maciejewski, adding that Jackson is “a great all-around kid” equally devoted to academics and athletics.

Jackson, an All-Region 2-AAAA selection entering his third season as the Mavericks’ starting catcher, visited Wofford College and drew interest from Gardner-Webb, Coastal Carolina and the Naval Academy.

But he was surprised when he visited The Citadel.

“I’d heard some things, but it’s nothing like what people think it is,” Jackson said. “A lot of people make it military-based, but it’s just college-based for baseball players.”

Jackson said playing Division I baseball is “a dream come true,” and he’d like to follow his famous relative into the big leagues.

“But you’ve got to take those baby steps first,” he said. “I’m going to play college baseball. That’s all that matters right now.”

 


 

Congratulations to Mauldin High Softball players Ashley Bagwell, Brooke Barnhill, Kenzi Corn, and Jordan Stovall!  All four girls will continue to compete in their sport in college. Ashley will compete for Coastal Carolina, Brooke will compete for Francis Marion University, Kenzi will compete for Winthrop University and Jordan will compete for Florida Atlantic.

 Congratulations, girls! 

Ashley Bagwell

Brooke Barnhill

Kenzi Corn

Congratulations to Mauldin senior softball player Jordan Stovall on her signing with Florida Atlantic University. Story here