The Baseball Hall of Fame has admitted that a jersey in its collection, purported to have been worn by Joe Jackson in the 1919 World Series contains material manufactured long after that era.
Spokesman Brad Horn told several media outlets including the New York Post on Monday that the jersey was pulled from its display in 2008.
The jersey was acquired by Major League Baseball from the collection of Barry Halper, still regarded as the most prominent baseball memorabilia collector ever. In the 1990s, MLB spent about $7 million for dozens of items from Halper’s collection and donated them to the Hall, which apparently did not perform due diligence on the jersey before buying it to share with visitors.
Halper died in 2005.
The Hall’s examination concluded that the fibers used to stitch the logo to the jersey were polyester, which wasn’t available until the early 1940s. The jersey also does not match the style or manufacturer of those believed to have been worn during the 1919 World Series
A glove attributed to Wagner is also being examined by the Hall.