1908 Greenville Spinners Team Cabinet Photograph with Joe Jackson....
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It is worthy of note that it was during a 1908 doubleheader pitting the Spinners against the Anderson Electricians that Jackson would earn his famous nickname. After suffering through the first game in a pair of new spikes that raised blisters on his skin, Jackson removed them for the second. In the seventh inning, he laced a long line drive, sliding into third with a triple. As the dust cloud settled, an opposing fan shouted to him, "You shoeless son-of-a-gun!"
Upon a shabby ballfield more dirt than grass, the teenaged Jackson stands with eleven of his Greenville teammates. The young mascot sits at his right foot. The 7.5x9.5" sepia image is rendered with flawless contrast and clarity, and is affixed to a 12x14" cardboard mount artfully hand lettered at the time of issue. The text above reads, "Grenville (sic) S.C. Base Ball Club. Carolina Association. 1908." Beneath the image, each player is identified by surname and position. Fifth from left is "Jackson, CF." Toning, edge/corner wear and some mild surface abrasions are confined almost entirely to the mount, with the image itself presenting only some minor, unobtrusive spotting in the sky above the outfield fence, well clear of the players' images.
Jackson would not finish the season in Greenville, heeding Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack's call to join the Athletics in Philadelphia, where he would struggle to adapt to a life entirely different from the one he had known on the dirt farms and ballfields of the South. Here we see Shoeless Joe as the ultimate "diamond in the rough," a baseball prodigy just weeks from setting out upon a journey with all the trappings of a Shakespearean tragedy. One of the most exceptional and exciting baseball photographs to enter the hobby in recent memory.
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