I did get a hold of the curator for photography at the museum. The print was in fact stolen. BUT, it is also a reprint/reproduction. And the curator said that I may keep the print, with many thanks for being honest and trying to return it.
Joseph Jesse Jackson
I found this 11” x 14” print of Shoeless Joe for $15 at a thrift store. A quick check on Kimberly’s I-Phone found that Shoeless Joe memorabilia is rare and worth some $$$$ so I bought the print and hoped for a score. Turns out that it is probably stolen from the Baseball Hall of Fame Library and not at all sellable. I have as of this date called the Museum and am waiting on a call back about the photo.
Closer inspection reveals that it is probably a reprint from the original negative, as it’s on matt photopaper, is in extremely good condition, and has no other markings except those on the back from the museum curator. The image is Public Domain so I thought I would photograph the photograph and share the image here.
Backside. Handwritten lettering indentifying the photograph as Joe Jackson, a “PD” which is museum notation that the image is Public Domain, and CREDIT NATIONAL BASEBALL LIBRARY COOPERSTOWN N.Y.
Shoeless Joe was a baseball great in the early years, from 1911 to 1920. He played for the Athletics, Indians and White Sox. His career ended by being banned from baseball for being implicated in a 1919 plot to ‘fix’ the World Series, known as the Black Sox Scandal. Many believe he did not partake in the plot and are pushing to have him posthumously reinstated for election to the Hall of Fame.