Exceptional original Louis Van Oeyen press photo capturing Joe Jackson as a member of the Cleveland Naps, circa 1910. Accompanied by an LOA from PSA/DNA certifying it as an original Type 1 photo. The outstanding image pictures the legendary "Shoeless Joe" sitting outside the batting cage, as he converses with teammate Terry Turner. Jackson's famed two-toned "Black Betsy" bat can be clearly seen clutched in his hands as he waits for his turn in the cage. Partially visible on the reverse are Van Oeyen's credit stamp and a vintage pencil notation that reads "_ackson + Turner on the __ at the plate." (Both are partly obscured by an application of brown tape.) Also written on the reverse, in blue ink, are the names "Joe Jackson" and "Terry Turner." 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 (4.5 x 5 inches) has a number of very minor flaws common to nearly all working press photos, including a couple of light-to-moderate creases, a possibly trimmed border, and a few tiny chips. It has been matted, by means of a single piece of tape applied to the reverse, to total dimensions of 11.25 x 11.25 inches. Flawless contrast. In Very Good condition overall, but closer to Ex-Mt in its overall appearance. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
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