An original 1911 photograph of Shoeless Joe Jackson culled from an old Cleveland newspaper archive is one of the items up for bid in RMY Auctions’ first 2016 auction.
The rectangular image shows the young Jackson in full uniform and leaning against his famous bat “Black Betsy”. The 3 ¼” x 9 ¾” photo shows “painting” done by a newspaper artist to prepare the photo for publication. There is a small mark above Jackson’s lip.
The photo is one of over 400 in RMY’s current auction, which closes January 17.
1911 marked Jackson’s first full season in the major leagues and he quickly became a national sensation, hitting .408 (still not enough to win the batting title, which went to Ty Cobb), a rookie record that still stands. In fact, Jackson set several team records in 1911 that have never been broken including hits, average and assists.
“There is no denying that he is a better ball player his first year in the big league than anyone ever was,” Cobb stated, in praise of the youngster who also shared his southern roots.
Interestingly, the auction also includes a 1909 photo of outfielder Bris Lord, the man Cleveland traded to Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics a year later to obtain Shoeless Joe.