Gold: Ghost hunter: How Shoeless Joe Jackson became bartender’s obsession

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:

Originally published: October 25, 2019. Last Updated: October 25, 2019.