He was living a relatively quiet life nearly three full decades after fallout from the Black Sox scandal led to a career-ending banishment. Joe Jackson may have been persona non grata in the big leagues, but he wasn’t forgotten.
The RMY Auctions Photo of the Day is a sweet image of Shoeless Joe handing out ice cream cones to three kids.
The 8×10 wirephoto is one of over 1,500 lots in the company’s August Premier Auction.
Jackson was a popular figure in his hometown of Greenville, where the Joe Jackson Museum now tells his life story.
The photo’s caption states friend and relatives had “recently held a party for Jackson” in Greenville.
While he didn’t seek attention or sympathy over his role and often maintained his innocence, Jackson did give a few interviews later in life including a well-known chat with writer Furman Bisher that wound up in a 1949 issue of SPORT Magazine
Sadly, Shoeless Joe would live only three more years after this photo was taken. He died of a heart attack in 1951 at age 64.