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Interesting 1951 4-Page Letter to Joe Jackson from Ex-Umpire - Great Shoeless Joe and Black Sox Content!

Lot Number 1231

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Just nine months before his death, a 63-year-old Shoeless Joe received this admiring letter from San Francisco fan Frank Perry, who had previously umpired with Jackson's former White Sox teammate Byrd Lynn. There is terrific content throughout, but especially the section reading, "That series of 1919 almost broke Byrd Lynn's heart. He showed me the letter the old Roman as he put it telling him that a check was to be sent for the difference of winning and losing the series. Byrd used to tell me about the meetings the gang used to have. He said he was Cicotte's room mate. He told me Gandil was a dog. When he got around to Jackson he said: 'Jackson, I sure felt for poor good natured Joe as he sure was a goat in the whole dirty deal.'" (Trial testimony revealed that Jackson was the only one of the banished players never to attend one of the aforementioned "meetings" about the fix.) Later, Perry reiterates the point about scapegoating and goes so far as to kindly offer his services in setting the record straight: "Joe poor old Byrd Lynn is dead now but I’m not the only one he told how you were made the Goat. If there is names of people you need to get cleared and if I can help in anyway let me know.” Dated 3/3/51, the four handprinted pages measure 5-3/8 x 7" and rate EX-MT. Accompanied by the mailing envelope addressed to Mr. Joe Jackson (c/o Greenville News Sports Editor Carter Latimer), as well as the original provenance label from a 1998 Christie's auction of the Jackson family estate.

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