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1911 Cleveland (vs. Boston) Program - Joe Jackson's Rookie Season
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $823
Rare and substantial sixteen-page Cleveland Indians program, issued for a game against the Boston Red Sox, dating from Joe Jackson's 1911 rookie season. The interior scorecard features Joe Jackson (batting third) and Nap Lajoie for Cleveland, and Tris Speaker for Boston (Harry Hooper and Eddie Cicotte are listed as reserves). Neatly scored in pencil to record a 1-0 Cleveland victory (Jackson scored the game's only run in the first inning). Research indicates that Cleveland's only 1-0 home victory over Boston in 1911 occurred on August 22nd. 1911 marked Joe Jackson's first full season in the Major Leagues and suffice it to say, no player ever enjoyed a finer rookie season. Jackson set a rookie record for batting average by finishing the season at .408. As incredible as that mark is today, even more amazing is the fact that he failed to win the batting title. That honor went to Ty Cobb and his .420 average. Unfortunately, it would be the start of a familiar scenario for Jackson, who finished second to Cobb in batting his first three seasons. Cleveland programs from Jackson's rookie season are exceedingly rare and this is the first example we have ever seen. The program (5.5 x 9 inches) displays only very minor foxing on the covers, a slight vertical fold, and minor edge and corner wear (all extremely minor). The interior pages remain bright and clean. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $823
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