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1932 Letter Written to Joe Jackson from a Former Teammate Concerning Jackson's "Shoeless Joe" Nickname

Starting Bid - $100, Sold For - $360

Fascinating one-page handwritten letter to Joe Jackson, dated May 5, 1932, from a former teammate of his, Sam Austin. In the letter, Austin recounts how he made the papers recently by telling reporters he was unaware of how Jackson acquired the nickname "Shoeless Joe." In part: "Mr. Joe Jackson - Just a few lines about how this _____ got in the papers. Was talking some time ago about seeing your picture in ____ magazine and I told a few reporters that name did not belong to you for I remember about when you first started playing ball. Hoping to see you when you come up to Greenville. S. W. Austin." With the letter, Austin included a clipping of the newspaper article he referred to, which is titled "Not Shoeless Joe." In the article, Austin is quoted as saying "'I played on the ball team at Brandon with Joe Jackson and I never knew him to play without shoes,' Mr. Austin said. 'My recollection is that none of us had any real baseball shoes but most of us wore a light tennis shoe or something similar. But I never saw Joe play without any shoes and am doubtful if all of those stories to that effect are correct." The letter (8.25 x 11 inches) displays one horizontal and two vertical mailing folds, minor toning, and a paperclip impression along the top. In Very Good condition overall. The newspaper clipping (2 x 3.25 inches) remains in Excellent condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope (addressed to Joe Jackson), which displays Austin's preprinted return address and a May 11, 1932, postmark (Vg, with a rough tear along the right border). Total: 3 items (letter, newspaper clipping, and envelope). Reserve $100. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $360

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