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    1923-25 "Shoeless Joe" Jackson Barnstorming Game Used Bat, PSA/DNA Authentic. It took the loss of Lou Gehrig to offer to the baseball world a story more tragic than that of Shoeless Joe, an illiterate laborer from Pickens County, South Carolina who left the dirt farms of his youth to become one of the game's greatest stars, and then lost it all in an instant. We may never know exactly how much Jackson understood, and how much he actually participated in the Black Sox scandal that resulted in the loss of the 1919 World Series and his banishment forever from Major League Baseball, but we can be certain that he was one of the most gifted athletes ever to find his way onto a Big League ballfield. Ty Cobb himself called Shoeless Joe "the finest natural hitter in the history of the game," and the great Babe Ruth echoed this sentiment, stating that "he's the guy that made me a hitter." Despite this highest of praise, the harsh ruling of Judge Landis was a weight that Jackson carried for the rest of his days, and he still does, perhaps forever locked out of the gates of Cooperstown.

    Of course Joe Jackson's baseball career didn't end entirely as a result of the scandal, though the venues showcasing his remarkable talents changed from 40,000 seat stadiums to weed-choked sandlots in towns with forgotten names. The fame and the money now gone, Jackson would continue appearing on the barnstorming circuit for twenty years, until the age of fifty, which would suggest that he really did play for the love of the game, and that the lure of easy money did not overshadow his competitive spirit that dark October. "God knows I gave my best in baseball at all times," Jackson is quoted as saying, "and no man on earth can truthfully judge me otherwise."

    Presented here is a remarkable artifact dating from the early years of Jackson's excommunication from organized ball, a Hillerich & Bradsby in his famous two-toned "Black Betsy" style. Jackson lost his H&B endorsement deal upon his banishment, so the "Jackson" on the barrel is applied in standard block. A half-inch of the barrel has been sawed off, leaving it to measure at thirty-five inches (35"). Weight is thirty-seven ounces (36.9 oz.). Very heavy game use is typical for barnstorming Jackson lumber. Seven inches (7") of spiral tape provides grip at the uncracked handle. This is the first Jackson gamer we've offered since a 1911 rookie model commanded $956,000 in February 2014. LOA from PSA/DNA, Authentic.


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