Amazing content in this two-page signed letter by Connie Mack, typed with carbon paper on American Base Ball Club of Philadelphia stationery. Dated "Feb 24th, 09," it mentions Joe Jackson: "Jackson has signed his contract and from reports that I get from Greenville this Player realizes that it is better for him to give his best services to our Club this Year. That he will not feel homesick and so forth as last year. In that event there is no doubt but what he will be of some assistance in helping us to win." It is important to note that 1909 was Shoeless Joe's second year in the majors! Signed at the end by Mack, there are two hole punches at top of each page with one horizontal and two vertical folds. Perhaps the most controversial of the controversial figures, there is still much disagreement about Jackson's level of complicity in the scandal.
2019 marks the 100th Anniversary of the most infamous scandal in sports history. The 1919 World Series was the scene of the crime, the culprits were eight members of the Chicago “Black Sox” and the crime was game fixing. Shoeless Joe Jackson and seven other members of the “Black Sox” were subsequently banned from baseball three years later and that ban still stands to this day. On this Anniversary, Lelands is privileged to offer a comprehensive collection of memorabilia related to the 1919 World Series teams including a Joe Jackson PSA certified signed document, 1919 World Series tickets, 1919 White Sox season pass, Type I photos, handwritten letters, autographs and much more. Lelands has devoted an entire category in the 2019 Fall Classic to this collection, so go check out “The Black Sox 100th Anniversary Collection” today!