1921 Joe Jackson Courtroom Photo - "Say It Ain't So Joe" - PSA/DNA Type 1

Sold For: $720

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1893

Item Year: 1921

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Original press photo capturing Joe Jackson and Illinois Assistant State Attorney Hartley Replogle posing together in the courtroom during the conspiracy trial of the eight Chicago White Sox players accused of "fixing" the 1919 World Series. Certified as an original Type 1 photo by PSA/DNA. An International Film Service stamping appears on the reverse, as does the original paper news caption that reads "Watch Your Credit Line By International Film Service Chicago/Baseball Scandal: Assistant State's Attorney Replogle Talking To Joe Jackson Of The Chicago White Sox." Although the photo is not dated, this is a famous image that has been reproduced in many publications, so we know that it was taken on July 21, 1921. Just twelve days later, Jackson and the other seven indicted White Sox players were acquitted of all charges by a jury. Despite the acquittal, newly elected Baseball Commissioner Kenesaw Landis banned all eight players from organized baseball for life on August 4, 1921. The photo (10 x 8 inches) displays a number of small creases and edge tears. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).


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