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1920’s Shoeless Joe Jackson Game Used Barnstorming Bat (36”)

1920’s Shoeless Joe Jackson Game Used Barnstorming Bat (36”)

The legend of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson is one that eternally inspires and mystifies the imaginations of baseball enthusiasts everywhere. He was a player who possessed raw baseball talent so rare and complete, that he and his Chicago White Sox team would have been able to rival the great Yankees dynasty of the 1920’s. Potential never fully realized always begs the question, “what could have been?” Although we will never have that answer, the discovery of this Hillerich & Bradsby 125 gives us a significant piece to the puzzle that was Shoeless Joe, after his banishment from baseball. Following his banishment by Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, Joe Jackson continued playing baseball in semi-pro leagues, under a pseudonym. He would become one of the nation’s hottest barnstorming sensations, selling out ballparks wherever he showed up. 1920’s Hillerich & Bradsby is stamped, “Jackson” on the barrel, as his first name was left out by the woodworkers in order to distinguish between his ML bats and bats used during his barnstorming years. Bat displays telltale signs of vintage game use. The years have left this hand turned piece of ash slightly darkened, and there is faint evidence of criss-crossed tape, which once covered the handle. Very little deadwood exists on the barrel, although there is a small area on the handle, which is cracked (this has been repaired with tiny nails). Joe Jackson was truly one of the most marvelous talents of all time, whose indiscretions prohibited him from reaching true greatness. But none can take away from the absolute value of this important artifact from the Golden Age of our national American pastime. You can be certain that a bat such as this from Shoeless Joe Jackson’s barnstorming days are few and far between, and only two bats that he used in the Majors have ever surfaced.


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