Georgia Magazine - April 2017 - 19A
were banned from baseball for
their alleged involvement in
conspiring to throw the 1919
World Series against the
Cincinnati Reds. Jackson, who batted .375 in
the series and committed no errors, always
maintained his innocence. He died in 1951.
The 2016 vintage
game in Royston served
as something of a family
reunion for Cindy Cobb,
who was 4 when her
grandfather died. As she
watched the baseball
action, she continuously greeted relatives
and well-wishers. Many
told stories about their
personal interactions with her grandfather.
"It's a little overwhelming for
Above: Tiffany Creason
delivers a pitch for the
Georgia Peaches. Left:
Larry Brown, the sole
umpire in the vintage game, strikes a dapper
pose. Brown works while sitting in the chair
behind second base.
all it a good-natured grudge
match. Every October, the
Georgia Peaches, representing the Ty Cobb Museum
in Royston, square off against the
Shoeless Joes, representing the
Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in
The venue for the Vintage Base
Ball Game alternates between the
towns, but the competition is always
intense. At stake are bragging rights
and, to a lesser extent, family honor.
Cobb's granddaughter, Cindy Cobb,
attended the October 2016 game to
cheer on the home team at-where
else?-Cobb Field in Royston. One
of the Shoeless Joes, Allison Jackson, is the great-great-niece of the
ballplayer, who was one of Cobb's
contemporaries in the American
League in the early 1900s.
Shoeless Joe Jackson and seven
of his Chicago White Sox teammates
Annual vintage game
pays tribute to pair cBonotneunst
of baseball greats
The Georgia Peaches' valiant effort wasn't quite enough, as they dropped a doubleheader to the Shoeless Joes. From left are, front row:
Adam Moss, James Moss, Reuben Davis, Shane Allen, Jerry Moses and Alan Boyes. Back row: Tiffany Creason, Brandon Cornelison, Greg
Ramshaw, Mark Davis, Nick Straatmann, Barry Abbott, Sam Pugliese, Coach Wesley Fricks and Cooper Abbott.
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