“Jackson’s labored and primitive signature formation is immediately recognizable due to his inability to formally read or write. As a result of Jackson’s relative illiteracy, there are scant few authentic examples of his autograph known to exist. To date, the offered Jackson signed image is the lone surviving example of any type.
“Based on the scarcity of signed images from this period, in general, coupled with the miniscule population of original Jackson autographs we cannot overstate the rarity of this offering,” it said.
World Series match-fixing scandal
Jackson was part of the 1917 Chicago White Sox’ World Championship-winning team but was banned from playing after he was implicated in fixing the 1919 World Series.
The auction house quoted Babe Ruth as saying: “I copied Jackson’s style because I thought he was the greatest hitter I had ever seen, the greatest natural hitter I ever saw. He’s the guy who made me a hitter.”
It says Jackson was a “titan of the game” and “perhaps the most notable” of the eight White Sox players accused of throwing the World Series.
“Legend has it that as he was leaving the courthouse after giving his testimony and admitting to some form of involvement in the fix, a boy yelled out, ‘Say it ain’t so, Joe! Say it ain’t so!'” the Hall of Fame says.
“Joe Jackson represented the humble, working-class American and played with tremendous pride while experiencing a great amount of success over the duration of his career. Though Jackson is ineligible for the Hall of Fame, the Museum does honor his excellence by showcasing and preserving a number of his artifacts,” it says.
These include a pair of his shoes from 1919 — which, despite his nickname — the player wore, the Hall of Fame says.