Round 2, Vote 13 (HOH Top Centers)
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02-07-2014, 10:48 PM
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I remember reading that Conn Smythe gave most of the credit to the Kid Line's success to Primeau, considering both Jackson and Conacher to be lazy beneficiaries of their center. Of course, Smythe also kept Jackson out of the Hall of Fame until the 70's due to his disapproval of Jackson's high living, and perhaps he had a certain affinity for the classy "Gentleman Joe" that tainted his judgement in later years.
Ya, pretty tragic tale really. Busher Jackson had Hollywood good looks & lived fast, total spendthrift. Party Animal. When his career ended he was broke, holding down various dead end jobs & living vicariously. His health started failing at a still relatively young age, dying in 1966. Both of his linemates from the Kid Line had been inducted but Smythe was having none of that. Finally in 71 the rest of the Induction Committee over-ruled Smythe, Jackson Inducted posthumously, his son Kim accepting on his behalf, Smythe resigning from the HHOF Induction Committee in protest.
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