Travis Calvin Jackson
Born: November 2, 1903, Waldo, Arkansas
Died: July 27, 1987, Waldo, Arkansas
Played For: New York Giants (1922-1936)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1982
At the time of his Hall of Fame induction in 1982, Jackson recalled that McGraw, who had earned his pick of the Little Rock squad by lending the Travelers a player for the 1922 season, had taken quite a chance in selecting Jackson, who had committed 73 errors during the Southern Association season. ‘World Record for Errors’
”I guess I set a world record for errors,” Jackson said. ”I had a pretty good arm, see, but I didn’t have much control. A lot of those were double errors - two on the same play, a boot and then a wild throw. The people in the first-base and right-field bleachers knew me. When the ball was hit to me they scattered. ‘Watch out! He’s got it again.’ ”
McGraw’s selection was vindicated when Jackson got his arm under control in the majors and led the National League shortstops in fielding, with a .970 percentage, in 1931. — NYTimes, July 29, 1987
Travis Jackson was born in Waldo, Arkansas, one of the settings for Country Hardball. His 1922 season in Little Rock nearly ended his career — and worse.
During that  season with the Travelers, Jackson’s fielding figuratively and literally almost killed his chances to make the majors. While he raised his batting average 80 points to .280, he committed a league-leading 73 errors. Of his fielding then, Jackson later recalled, “I guess I set a world record for errors. I had a pretty good arm, see, but I didn’t have much control. A lot of those were double errors – two on the same play, a boot and then a wild throw. The people in the first-base and right-field bleachers knew me. When the ball was hit to me they scattered. ‘Watch out! He’s got it again.’ ”
Literally, Jackson almost failed to make the majors when, in chasing a fly ball against the Atlanta Crackers he collided with a teammate, center fielder Elmer Leifer. The collision left Leifer with a fractured skull and a severed optical nerve, which cost him sight in his left eye. Leifer, who had played a handful of games for the White Sox the previous season, spent most of the year in the hospital recovering.
Jackson was hurt badly as well. Several years later in an interview for The Sporting News he described having suffered a fractured skull, a broken nose, and numerous cuts. - SABR.org
Busted up often throughout his career — a knee injury hobbled him in the 1932-33 — Jackson went on to help the Giants win the World Championship in 1933 and was named an All-Star in 1934.
Greg Erion’s excellent article is here.