Friday Bob and I went with a Greenville Newcomers group to visit the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum here in Greenville. Joe was from here. He started working in the textile mills at age six so had no education and never learned to read and write. His wife taught him how to paint his signature. He was big for his age and as a teenager he joined the men’s mill baseball team and the rest is history. In 1921, Shoeless Joe Jackson was banned from baseball due to his alleged involvement in the Black Sox scandal of 1919. But for nearly 85 years, fans have argued as to whether or not the White Sox legend truly deserves such a stiff penalty, especially when he was acquitted by a judge of any wrong doing. Here is the official website.
The museum is the house he and his wife lived in, not large, but if you are a baseball fan you will find plenty to keep you interested. What Bob found interesting is that one of Joe’s baseball bats was sold for over $500,000. That’s not a typo. Unbelievable. After the tour we went to the Mellow Mushroom Pizza Restaurant for lunch. A large fun, funky place with cool murals on the walls.
Last night, Saturday, we were invited over for a picnic dinner to Al and G. Ann’s house, a couple who live very nearby and we met through Greenville Newcomers. They are from Washington State. G. Ann and I are on the Newcomers board. We had a wonderful dinner and great conversation.
Weather is very hot here, well over 90 every day with low around 70 at night and also quite humid. Bob and I are having some trouble getting adjusted to that. He mows the lawn over two days, it’s just to hot to do it all at once. Hope we get a break pretty soon.