What makes him a Hall of Famer?
- Member of 2 World Championship teams (1922 and 1933 Giants)
- All Star (1934)
- Batted .300 or higher 6 times
Should he be a Hall of Famer?
- Never won any major awards (MVP, batting title, home run champ, etc)
- Never led the league in any offensive category
- Appeared on HOF ballot 12 times, averaging 7.3% of the vote
- Never reached any 'golden ticket' numbers (3,000 hits, 500 home runs, etc)
- Regarded as supposed premier shortstop, but his .952 fielding percentage for shortstop only ranks #189 (tie) all time. His 381 errors committed as a shortstop are 44th most all time. His 4,636 assists at shortstop only rank 59th all time. His putouts as shortstop rank 50th all time (2,878).
Premier defensive shortstop? I'm not feeling it. Anyone out there who would like to argue Travis Jackson's merits, please comment because my answer is NO, Travis Jackson is not a Hall of Famer. I think he is one of the many shining examples of the flaws in the past incarnations of the Veteran's Committee. One of my friends told me the other day (after reading my 2011 HOF post) that my Hall of Fame would have 5,000 members. After review of Travis Jackson, I think we may be able to agree that 4,999 is a better projection, haha.
Travis Jackson autographed index cards average around $60 on ebay. I only saw one authenticated ball of his and it was selling for $550.