Top SC Athlete of All-Time: Shoeless Joe Jackson
The former Upstate mill-hand takes top honors in our Pride of Palmetto voting.
After hundreds of votes were cast in the past 10 days, Patch readers can be assured of one thing:
South Carolinians love our athletes.
It doesn't matter whether it's athletic tennis pros like Althea Gibson, quiet race car drivers like David Pearson, big burley football players like William Perry or uneducated and disgraced baseball players like "Shoeless Joe" Jackson.
We love our athletes.
And thanks to you, we know which ones you love the most.
Jackson, the former mill-hand from Pickens County, received the most votes in our Best SC Athlete of All-Time polling, beating out basketball star Kevin Garnett of Mauldin by a healthy margin.
Despite being disgraced and banned from baseball for his role in the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, Palmetto State residents remember Jackson's contributions fondly.
Thanks to everyone who voted. We will be sending out notifications to winners of our $25 gift cards in the next day.