Legendary June 2009
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By the late 1940s, Joe Jackson had settled quietly into retirement in his hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. A lifetime of fame, and later infamy, had finally begun to dissipate. After his well-publicized banishment from baseball, Jackson had worn various hats, that of a small-town businessman, dry cleaner, and finally liquor store owner. This was the role he seemed to like best, and he was by all accounts a happy man, with his faithful wife Katie always by his side. Then, in 1949, Sport Magazine published a story about Joe, and in it his whereabouts were made known to the masses. A literal avalanche of fan mail and autograph requests followed. While Joe had been enjoying the twilight of his life, his baseball mystique was hard at work. By the late 1940s, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson had become a true living legend. Offered is a pair of correspondence pieces – one containing an autograph request and the other inviting him to an “Old Timers” event -- addressed to the legendary ballplayer at his Greenville home. The letters date to 1949 and 1951, respectively, with the former specifically referencing the Sport article. Both are found neatly in their original envelopes, a testament to Katie Jackson's immaculate record keeping. The pair was acquired directly from Joe Jackson's sister Gertrude, and the items are sure to tug at the heart strings! Generally EX condition with standard mailing and reading faults.
Shoeless Joe Jackson 1940s-1950s Fan Mail Correspondence Pair (2 Items)
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