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Shoeless Joe Jackson

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I copied Jackson's style because I thought he was the greatest hitter I had ever seen, the greatest natural hitter I ever saw. He's the guy who made me a hitter.
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Babe Ruth, as quoted in Joe Jackson: A Biography (2004) by Kelly Boyer Sagert

 
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