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Shoeless Joe Jackson's great-great-grandnephew is a Minor Leaguer at Rangers Spring Training

Joe Jackson was at the Rangers' Spring Training complex on Friday, and no, you did not somehow step into a time machine and travel back to the 1910s. It was Joe Jackson, the 24-year-old Minor Leaguer who, yes, is the great-great-grandnephew of Shoeless Joe Jackson:

Jackson was drafted by the Rangers in the fifth round of the 2013 Draft out of The Citadel, and he batted .269 with five homers with the Double-A Frisco Rough Riders in 2016.

According to's T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers' Jackson is proud of his famous baseball lineage and thinks his namesake should be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Although, in terms of sartorial choices, he has apparently decided not to follow in his great-great-granduncle's tradition:


Those are definitely shoes.