1939 Original Type 1 Wire Photo What Ever Happened to Shoeless Joe Jackson?
It's hard to imagine what Shoeless Joe Jackson could have accomplished on the baseball field had he not partaken in the notorious Black Sox Scandal. Sadly, we'll never know as the career .356 hitter's life was turned upside down and he was banned for life from baseball with seven of his 1919 White Sox teammates. Illiterate by virtually all accounts, baseball was his ticket. When Commissioner Landis banned Jackson from Major League Baseball in 1920, he floundered in the minors and semi-pro ball, attempted a few failed ventures and eventually opened the "Joe Jackson Liquor Store" in Greenville, South Carolina. Disgraced, demoralized and defeated, Shoeless Joe spent the rest of his life peddling booze to passersby.
The presented iconic photo prominently features the proprietor alone at the counter of his liquor store. This 1939 Type 1 photograph from the International News Service Photo is in exceptional condition with minor wrinkles at the bottom corners with a minute nick at bottom center and expected slight surface abrasions. The reverse has the International News Service stamp, an "Oct 6, 1939" library stamp and the original caption still affixed noting "Shoeless Joe Jackson 20 Years After". Joe Jackson remains a memorable and controversial figure and this EX-MT condition photograph shows the angst and the dejection on the face of one of baseball's fallen heroes. MLI LOA included.
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