From Jon Gold at YardBarker on October 24, 2019, on SABR member Dan Wallach:
Dan Wallach never dreamed years ago of someday chasing the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson.
Of traveling to Americus, Georgia, to collect treasures from a ballfield where Jackson might have run. Of driving to Bastrop, Louisiana, to stand where the former big-league star once roamed the outfield. Of giving up his job as a bartender near Wrigley Field and moving from Illinois to Greenville, South Carolina — Jackson’s hometown — to become executive director of the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum.
One hundred years ago, Jackson’s name was dragged through the mud during the infamous Black Sox World Series scandal. Now Wallach, a 32-year-old baseball historian/museum director, digs deep to uncover everything about Shoeless Joe.
This is a story of his obsession. And of dirt.
Lots of dirt.
Read the full article here: https://www.yardbarker.com/mlb/articles/ghost_hunter_how_shoeless_joe_jackson_became_bartenders_obsession/s1_13132_30273053
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Originally published: October 25, 2019. Last Updated: October 25, 2019.