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    The controversial legend takes one last minor league bow...

    1910 New Orleans Pelicans vs. Atlanta Crackers Scorecard--"Shoeless Joe" Jackson's Final Minor League Game! He'd twice crossed the Mason-Dixon line already, making late-season appearances for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1908 and 1909 before racing back home to a life much different than the one he found in the City of Brotherly Love. Though Jackson's massive skills were undeniable, he was widely considered a "head case" by top Major League scouts as he played his last Southern Association game on September 11, 1910, and few thought he would answer the call from the Cleveland Naps to join them after claiming the pennant with the New Orleans Pelicans.

    But Jackson would prove the doubters wrong, and five days after playing his very last minor league game, he'd make his debut in Cleveland, recording one hit, one walk and one run in a six-to-five victory over the visiting Washington Senators. He'd remain with Lajoie's club until a midseason trade in 1915 set him upon a crash course with a painful destiny as a member of the Chicago White Sox.

    It should come as no surprise that Dead Ball Era material from the Southern Association is particularly rare, and the legendary humidity of New Orleans surely played a significant role in the declining population of paper artifacts like the offered program. We should note that this particular game was ended after seven innings due to rain, likely ruining a few of the scorecards before they made it out of the stadium.

    We can be certain that this simple relic dates to that final contest of Jackson's minor league career as the side opposite the unmarked batting line-ups features a magnificent team photograph underscored by bold text reporting, "Pennant Winners 1910," assuring it could have been issued no earlier than then, as the Pelicans clinched the pennant the previous day. Jackson sits third from right in the front row. The mid-weight card stock program measures 7x9" in size and survives with only minor edge and surface wear, certainly nothing that undermines the glorious aesthetics or remarkable historical importance. It is believed to be the only surviving example.

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