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Vintage Baseball Game

Photo by Mike Nice

Photo by Mike Nice

The annual vintage baseball game between the Greenville “Shoeless Joes” and the Ty Cobb “Georgia Peaches” was held this year in Greenville’s Shoeless Joe Jackson park. The game is played according 1860’s rules, including no gloves, no cleats, and no helmets. With catches on first bounce counting as outs and no walks, the emphasis of these vintage games is on hitting, base-running, and defense.

Rules are enforced by this "Judge" who entertained the crowd with his banter.

Rules are enforced by this “Judge” who entertained the crowd with his banter.

Games in this park are played in the shadow of Brandon Mill, where Shoeless Joe Jackson worked as he grew up.

Games in this park are played in the shadow of Brandon Mill, where Shoeless Joe Jackson worked as he grew up.

Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum

The Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in the West End across from Fluor Field is worth a visit to learn about one of our most famous baseball players in the past.  It has free admission during its Saturday hours of 10:00-2:00.   Be sure to keep an eye out for the black and white panorama photo, created long before cameras had a built-in panorama photo mode.   Ask about the prankster appearing in the panorama photo as well!

Shoeless

In a nod to the original Shoeless Joe, a Vintage Game “Shoeless Joe” team member reenacts Shoeless Joe’s early experience, who played this way to deal with blisters from his new pair of cleats.

The field is located in the Brandon Mill community on the west side of Greenville.   Even today an old mill stands as a backdrop to one side of the park.