A previously unknown image of Shoeless Joe Jackson is our RMY Auctions Vintage Photo of the Day.
The 5” x 8 ¾” news photograph shows Jackson, playing for the Cleveland Naps in 1912, just his second full season in the big leagues. It’s attributed to famed Cleveland photographer Louis Van Oeyen whose name is written on the back, above the date stamp and Jackson’s name. ‘Chicago’ is also written on the photo, indicating it may have also been used in 1915 or later after he joined the White Sox.
The clear sepia gelatin image shows Jackson posing with his glove on his knee but in 1912, it was Jackson’s hitting that got him noticed. He batted .395 and led the league in hits (226) and total bases. On the cusp of his 25th birthday, that year, Jackson also notably scored the first run at the new Tiger Stadium in Detroit.
RMY believes the photo was recently pulled from the Cleveland Plain Dealer archive, “having not seen the light of day for nearly 100 years”.
The photo has some mild wear and a couple of nearly invisible pinholes as well as some mild artistic tracing done by the newspaper.
Estimated at $2,000-$4,000, the photo is generating a significant amount of interest among bidders. It’s one of hundreds of vintage sports, historical and entertainment photos in the company’s Premier Auction which closes February 22 at RMYAuctions.com.