Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum

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The Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Baseball Library
Shoeless Joe Jackson by Conlon, 1913.jpeg
Established June 21, 2008 (2008-06-21)
Location 356 Field Street, Greenville, South Carolina
Coordinates 34°50′29″N 82°24′26″W / 34.8415°N 82.407297°W / 34.8415; -82.407297Coordinates: 34°50′29″N 82°24′26″W / 34.8415°N 82.407297°W / 34.8415; -82.407297
Website www.shoelessjoejackson.org/index.php

The "Shoeless" Joe Jackson Museum and Library was first opened to the public on June 21, 2008.[1] Located across from Fluor Field in Greenville, South Carolina, the five room brick house in which Shoeless Joe Jackson lived and died in contains a few[2] of his personal belongings and over 2,000 books related to baseball.[3]

In 2015, the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum formally petitioned Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred for Jackson's reinstatement to baseball, on grounds that Jackson had "more than served his sentence" in the 95 years since his banishment by Kenesaw Landis. Manfred denied the request after an official review. "The results of this work demonstrate to me that it is not possible now, over 95 years since those events took place and were considered by Commissioner Landis, to be certain enough of the truth to overrule Commissioner Landis' determinations," he wrote.[4]

The museum allows members of the public to visit on Saturdays and conducts private tours during the week. While in Greenville, many visitors to the museum will also visit "Shoeless" Joe Jackson's grave. His grave is located near Bob Jones University. When visiting the grave, members of the public will leave baseball related equipment such as baseballs, gloves, and cleats.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Museum Campaigns for Shoeless Joe Jackson". Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "At the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville, S.C., it ain't so". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-11-29. 
  3. ^ "The Midlands and Upstate Sights". Retrieved December 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "MLB won't reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson". ESPN. September 1, 2015.