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Two unlikely baseball players from the 1918 Chicago White are joined in baseball legend involving scandal and tragedy. Shoeless Joe Jackson’s legend only grows by the year, having his narrative defined by popular movies Eight Men Out and Field of Dreams. Jackson, of course, was banned from baseball by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis for his alleged role in the fixing of the 1919 World Series – a scandal that nearly ended the game of baseball.

Johnny Mostil, a teammate of Shoeless Joe on the 1918 White Sox, was limited to only 10 games that season, but returned to the big club in 1921 after spending two seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association and carved out a solid professional career with a .301 average in his nine seasons. Mostril’s 1925 season saw him lead the American League in in runs scored with 135, 43 stolen bases and 90 walks. Mostril would have another solid year in 1926 and finished second in the MVP voting to George Burns of Cleveland.

Sadly, Mostil tried to take his own life on March 9, 1927 in his hotel room during Spring Training by slashing his wrists, his throat while also stabbing himself. Mostil would survive his attempt to take his own life, but he was never the same, returning late in the 1927 season and appearing in only 13 games. Mostil would ultimately retire from baseball in 1929.

It is possible that during Mostil’s last years in the Majors or his return to the minor league or even on barnstorming exhibitions that this offered bat was presented to Shoeless Joe for his autograph. Due to his illiteracy and the shame he felt because of that, Jackson typically only signed required legal documents. However, Jackson did honor his former teammate’s request and signed his name in bold black fountain pen on the barrel below the “TRADEMARK” stamp. After Jackson signed the bat, it was returned to Louisville Slugger for reproduction as visible on the left barrel in vintage grease pencil is the factory side writing “Johnny M”. The remainder of Mostril’s name and the return date are not legible.

This Hillerich & Bradsby pre model bat displays heavy use with a crack on the handle into the barrel and a chip on the “125” center brand. There are many ball marks on the left and back barrel and a light coating of urethane brushed on, most likely to protect the autograph. This bat is a collector’s dream and it comes with a LOA from PSA/DNA (1B01715) for the game use and additional LOAs from PSA/DNA (A98752) and JSA (X56357) for Jackson’s signature.

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