Meet Former Negro League Baseball Player


By WSIL Events

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

August 7, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Location: McCracken County Public Library, 555 Washington St., Paducah, KY

Event Description

Former Negro League Baseball pitcher, Dennis “Bose” Biddle, will be the featured guest at a meet and greet hosted by the McCracken County Library, the Hotel Metropolitan and the Kentucky Humanities Council.
From 1952-53, Dennis played as the youngest person to play in Negro League Baseball, at just 17 years old. Dennis tells his story in the book, The Secrets of the Negro Leagues. He shares the sordid tale of what went on behind the scenes and the injustices that many African American players suffered. Today, Dennis is an advocate for surviving members of the Negro Baseball Leagues and hopes to provide support and to defend their economic interests.
Also, Dick Usher will portray Pee Wee Reese in a presentation at 7 p.m. A white baseball player from Louisville, Pee Wee played shortstop for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1940 to 1958. He played a significant role in welcoming African American baseball players into a newly desegregated baseball league during the mid-1940s.
Pee Wee went on to be a 10-time All Star player and contributed to seven National League Championships. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.

The event is part of the 8th of August celebration taking place across the city, August 7-13. For more information, call 270.442.2510 or visit the McCracken County Library online. The event is free and open to the public.
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