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Old 04-24-2018, 04:28 PM
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I must admit, the guy in the middle looks a bit like Joe Jackson, however I am concerned that he is not wearing an A's uniform. Jackson was with the A's during Spring Training for a while (still researching when he left for Savannah). He did not start the season with the A's and only finished the season with the A's. He arrived on September 7, 1909 in Philly just in time to get in on a game against the Highlanders, which the A's lost 8 to 6. He did not play another game until September 30th and he finished the season out (only played 5 game total with the A's that year). I sure wish you guys could get me a higher resolution photo to look at. Folks are always wanting me to look at these terrible images and want me to say 100 percent for sure if it's Joe Jackson or not and I simply can't do it with these low res images. I am doing some research now to see if I have a record of this appearing in a newspaper.....that will be our only hope of saying for sure this IS or ISN'T Joe Jackson. Trust me, I'd love to be able to say it's him......this would give me a new Jackson photo.....but at this point, I simply can't do that.
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Old 04-24-2018, 04:40 PM
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Thanks guys for the extra feedback.

I wish I had the actually item in hand. The photos I posted are from what the auction housed provided to me per request. I do have more images from the scrapbook ( might help with more clues to say yes or no ). if you are interested let me know I'll email them. I just didn't feel comfortable posting more images from this scrapbook that wasn't mine.
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Old 04-25-2018, 10:48 AM
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I would love to see the rest (of what you have that is) of the scrapbook. You can email me at
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Old 04-27-2018, 03:02 PM
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I've been digging in old newspapers and digging through the uniform database.....something doesn't add up with the uniforms for the A's for this being in the 1909 timeframe. The A's wore the old pillbox caps from 1909 to 1914. The uniform pants don't appear to have pinstripes on them (solids) and that DOES fit the 1909 time period, however there were other years they wore uniforms that were solid. They appear to have collars...which would limit it from the 1908 to 1912, possibly 1913 spring training time period. The caps could have been holdovers from the 1908 season as they wore caps like this during the 1908 campaign. The jackets with the elephant were used many they could be attributed to the 1909 season. Based on the collar on the uniform and the socks, we can attribute this photo from the 1909 to 1912 (possibly 1913 Spring Training), but that's it. Strunk only plaid 11 games in 1909, but he COULD have been there for Spring Training for sure. Another thing that bugs me is Jackson wore a size 10 and a half cleat, Strunk wore about the same size....but from this photo, it appears our "Jackson" character has smaller cleats on than Strunk, that concerns me a tad. The all black uniform concerns me and I am not aware that the second team Connie Mack had wore a different uniform. I'm still not ruling out this being Joe Jackson, but I wanted to get my concerns out there and see what other thought. Over the last 37 years I've seen a LOT of guys that looked like Jackson, but weren't in various photos people have sent me to get me to verify whether or not they had a genuine Jackson photo, 99 percent didn't. I'll keep digging and see if I can come up with more to either rule him in......or rule him out.
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Old 04-27-2018, 07:24 PM
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Both Strunk and Jackson were with the Athletics throughout Spring Training in 1909. From the notes in the 4/3/1909 Sporting Life: "The Athletics outfield is very much in doubt. Mack has Oldring and Hartsel as veterans and Heitmuller, Strunk and Jackson, all of whom are hitting the ball hard and showing lots of speed in the garden." The same issue stated that Mack planned to cut his roster down to 18 by June 1, but had nearly twice as many players at the time.

A bit puzzling is the fact that 1909 was Ira Thomas' first year with the team, so he would not be wearing his own 1908 left-over uniform (Tigers) to match Strunk's. If they gave him duds from on hand, one wonders why they would not have done the same for the guy in the middle, who likely was wearing his minor league uniform and sweater from the prior year. The A's were getting new uniforms for their new stadium in 1909, including the pillbox hats. Maybe they were given different new caps in the Spring--Strunk's especially looks pretty bright white --although that again begs the question as to why the guy in the middle was not outfitted as well. Unless that guy is not on the A's at all but is an opponent just there for a pic.
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