A century old newspaper photo of Joe Jackson in action is being offered publicly for the first time in RMY Auctions’ new online catalog.
The 3 ¾” x 4 ¾” image shows the 25-year-old Jackson eyeing a pitch during Cleveland Naps spring training in 1913. The photo is different from many taken because the vast majority show Jackson in a posed position, rather than on the playing field. Jackson’s last name is written in pencil on the back and some other notations from the newspaper are also present.
According to RMY, the photo was taken by a Cleveland photographer and was found six years ago in the archives of a local newspaper, pulled along with numerous others but set aside. It was submitted for authentication and awarded the Type 1 designation, but the owner wanted to be able to touch the photo itself while it was in his collection and removed it from the holder. It can be re-encapsulated if the new owner wishes. Despite a small crease in one of the corners, it remains in generally good condition.
The photo dates to 1914 or 1913, a year in which he hit .373 and also led the Naps in homers and RBI as Cleveland finished third behind the Philadelphia Athletics. He pledged to wrest the 1914 American League batting title away from Ty Cobb, but wound up hitting .338—30 points less than Cobb who won it every year from 1907-1915.
The photo is one of over 500 vintage photographs in RMY’s March auction, which runs through March 28.