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Biography of Pee Wee Reese (1918-1999)


Baseball American, born in Ekron (Kentucky) on July 23, 1918 and died in Louisville (Kentucky) on August 14, 1999, whose real name was Harold Henry Reese while in the field, where he was captain of the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s and 1950s, always was known as Pee Wee.

Although individual never became the star of the team, role reserved to Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider and Roy Campanella, Reese noted especially for his consistency and winning personality and contributed significantly to the splendor of the Dodgers from the position of "swinging" (shortstop). He started playing as a professional in 1938 in the ranks of the Colonels from Louisville of the American Association League club, and in 1940 he was signed by the Boston Red Sox, which in turn transferred it to the Dodgers.

In his first seasons in Brooklyn failed outstanding results but, after completing three years of military service between 1943 and 1945, his contribution began to grow and in 1947 completed his team an excellent season that culminated with the dispute of the World Series. Finally they fell defeated against the dreaded Yankees, the "boys of summer" and then started them to know, they inaugurated a period of hegemony in the National League.

One of the most remarkable facts in the career of Reese was the support given to Jackie Robinson, the first color of major league player and that was crucial for racial integration in baseball. In 1949 he was leader in runs scored with 132, in addition to the National League champion, and in 1952, coinciding with the achievement of another League title, led the section with 30 stolen bases. However, the Dodgers were always defeated in the World Series and Reese had to wait for the 1955 season to finally add the coveted world title to his palmares. In 1959 gave finished his career as player to start the coach. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984.


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