There were some who wanted rooters to believe I was in the dumps without baseball after the scandal ended. Let me tell you I wasn’t. I kept busy after I left the White Sox, even with the commissioner, Judge Landis, tryin’ to keep me outta baseball. I hardly stopped playin’ even into my 50s. I also managed some teams in Louisiana and Georgia and helped a few of my teammates. Me ‘n Katie moved to Savannah, Georgia in 1922 and owned a real good dry cleaning business for a while. Eventually, we moved back to Greenville, South Carolina, our hometown, in 1932. We opened a barbeque joint and later a liquor store there. Life was good, business was good, and I even got to teach local kids ball. Lookin’ back I don’t think I woulda had it any other way.
Shoeless Joe swinging Betsy, Greenville, SC, 1949. (from right) Joe Anders, Shoeless Joe, and unknown, Greenville, SC, c. 1945. Shoeless Joe cleaning his car, Greenville, SC, 1949. Courtesy of THE SHOELESS JOE JACKSON MUSEUM, Greenville, SC.