On December 6, 1990 — The signature of Shoeless Joe Jackson, known not to read or write, is purchased for a record $23,100 at New York’s Leland’s auction house, making the bid the highest amount ever paid for a 19th or 20th-century ballplayer’s autograph. The White Sox outfielder copied the inscription from one written out by his wife from an unknown document.

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