FRANK JACKSON, Kellerton, IAInducted 1966
Player: Frank Jackson, an Iowa farmer, was a legendary figure of the game, but his exploits on the court were very authentic. He won the first recognized World Tournament in 1909, and repeated in 1912 and 1913. In 1915, he won the World title, the first sanctioned by the National organization. He completely dominated the sport until 1920. He also won the 1920 tournament, again in 1921 and again in 1926. His last World Tournament was at the age of 65 in the 1935 event at Moline, Illinois, when he finished fifth with a 72.9% ringer average. He barnstormed all over the country until 1940.
A rugged, husky, individual, he originally pitched a 2-¾ turn, but as the game improved, he changed to a 1 ¾ in 1926 and regained the World title. He pitched from a stationary position without a stride. He died in 1955 at the age of 85.