Shoeless Joe Jackson’s indestructable bat carried him to legendary heights. It’s now one of the most valued relics in the sports world but the state that created it would like the current owner to share it.
It was a magic wand for Joe Jackson. A piece of hickory created especially for him–one that withstood Walter Johnson fastballs and later served as a warning to would-be robbers. Kent Babb offers a terrific read on one of the most famous pieces of sports memorabilia in the world and it’s special relationship with its long departed owner.
He also writes that the state of South Carolina is hoping to convince the bat’s owner, Rob Mitchell, that the bat should be on display once again. One problem? The high cost of insuring an American sports treasure.
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