Circa 1919 "Shoeless" Joe Jackson & Buck Weaver Signed Baseball....
Despite the fact that both the famous center fielder and his teammate at third base actually improved upon their regular season batting averages during the tainted Fall Classic, while committing not a single fielding error between them, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis assured a life of infamy for the pair after their 1920 courtroom acquittal by ruling that "Regardless of the verdict of juries, no player who throws a ball game, no player who undertakes or promises to throw a ball game, no player who sits in confidence with a bunch of crooked ballplayers and gamblers, where the ways and means of throwing a game are discussed and does not promptly tell his club about it, will ever play professional baseball."
The offered Official American League baseball, precise in its stamping to those used during that fateful 1919 season, is one of just a tiny handful known to feature the autographs of Joe Jackson and Buck Weaver. Each signature retains remarkable boldness after nine sad decades of existence, with only light surface wear making minor incursions into the powerful ballpoint offerings. An included letter of provenance derives from the grandson of a former Cleveland, Ohio detective who provided security at the Indians' Municipal Stadium, where the ball was signed during a Chicago road trip. Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication.
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