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Harold "Pee Wee" Reese Biography

Youth In Kentucky, Playing With Jackie Robinson, Chronology, Awards And Accomplishments, Career Statistics

1918-1999

American baseball player

Major League Baseball player Harold "Pee Wee" Reese was considered one of the greatest of all Brooklyn Dodger players. A superb defensive shortstop,

Pee Wee Reese

a capable hitter, and a student of baseball who used his intelligence as much as his athletic abilities to beat opponents, Reese, however, earned his place in baseball history for far more than his ball playing talent. Ultimately he will be remembered as the man whose courage, and sense of justice and fair play greatly helped smooth the entry of Jackie Robinson onto the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers. Reese's support of Robinson hastened the integration of African-Americans into major league baseball at a time when it was still pervaded by racism.

Sketch by Gerald E. Brennan

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