Circa 1910 Joe Jackson Photo by Louis Van Oeyen

Sold For: $5,875

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1400

Item Year: 1910

Category: The Golden Age of Baseball Photography

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Exceptional original Louis Van Oeyen press photo, culled from The Detroit News archives, capturing Joe Jackson as a member of the Cleveland Naps, circa 1910. The outstanding image pictures the legendary "Shoeless Joe" in a pensive moment as he stares out at the field while holding two bats over his shoulder. Van Oeyen's credit stamp, which reads in part "Photograph by L. Van Oeyen," appears on the reverse. Additional reverse markings include three date stamps ("Filed Before June 1919," "1951 Dec 6," and "Sep 20 1959") and various period editorial notations. This is an extremely early photo of Jackson, possibly dating from his first season with Cleveland. Based upon the uniform style shown here, this photo dates from either 1910 or 1912, which were the only two years in which Cleveland wore the combination of a solid blue cap and a blue collar (according to the Baseball Hall of Fame uniform database). After two very brief stints with the Philadelphia A's in 1908 and 1909, Jackson joined Cleveland in 1910, appearing in twenty games and batting .387 with 1 home run and 11 RBI. The following year he set a rookie record for batting average by hitting .408 (unfortunately, that mark failed to win him the batting title, as Cobb recorded a league-leading mark of .420). In 1912 Jackson fell victim to the infamous sophomore jinx, as he saw his average "slip" to .395 (once again not good enough to top Cobb's .409 mark). Louis Van Oeyen was one of the greatest photographers of his era. Although he covered a wide variety of news stories, his passion was baseball. By 1908 his reputation as one of the top baseball cameramen in the nation earned him the title of the American League's official photographer, a position he held until 1922. The photo (4.75 x 7 inches) has a number of very minor flaws common to nearly all working press photos, including a couple of light creases, uneven borders, and faint editorial marks on the front. Flawless contrast. Very Good to Excellent condition. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000++. SOLD FOR $5,875


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