Reese is also famous for his support of his teammate Jackie Robinsonthe first modern African American player in the major leaguesespecially in Robinson's difficult first years. Reese's nickname originated in his childhood, as he was a champion marbles player a "pee wee" is a small marble. Reese was born in EkronMeade County, Kentuckyand raised there until he was nearly eight years old, when his family moved to racially segregated Louisville.
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Today is Jackie Robinson Day. A day celebrated in major league baseball stadiums across our land. I wrote this piece a couple of years ago as part of a celebration for Black History Month and decided to rewrite it in honor of Jackie Robinson…and Pee Wee Reese.
It was simple on its face, but as deeply layered as the gesture it memorialized. The statue was not of a general on a horse, or a poet in deep thought with a pigeon on his headbut of two long-ago baseball players -- Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese of the Brooklyn Dodgers. On this uncommonly warm, sun-filled fall morning, a crowd of a few hundred had gathered outside the entrance to the park, in front of the statue, which was under a yellow covering.
Reese, a shortstop, played his entire year career —58 with the Dodgers, the first 15 in Brooklyn, before he moved with the team to Los Angeles. He missed three seasons —45 as a result of military service. A time All-Star, Reese had a career batting average of only.
Subscribe to our free Dodgers newsletter here. During pre-game infield practice, Robinson was taking his usual verbal abuse from the crowd. Reese, a Southerner from Kentucky with friends attending the game, walked over to Robinson and put his arm around him while talking to him, a gesture that silenced the crowd. Full List: See the top 20 greatest Dodgers of all time.