Shoeless Joe gets downtown spot

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A statue of Shoeless Joe Jackson stands in Joe Jackson Plaza in the West End.

A life-size statue of baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson rests in Shoeless Joe Jackson Plaza in the West End.

The city has honored Shoeless Joe, its famous native son, with a weeklong celebration for the past few years.

Artist Doug Young worked on the sculpture in the lobby of City Hall, where people were invited to help knead the 200 pounds of clay that formed Joe at bat.

Private donors and charities overwhelmingly supported the project, contributing at least $42,550 toward its projected $50,000 cost. Also donated to the effort was a collection of more than 600 bricks from Chicago's old Comiskey Park, where Jackson played. These bricks serve as part of the statue's base and surrounding area.