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Evenings Upstairs: Breaking Down Barriers


As part of the 8th of August Emancipation Celebration, McCracken County Public Library, Hotel Metropolitan & The Kentucky Humanities Council will offer a Special Evenings Upstairs Event: Breaking Down Barriers


Join us in the library's 2nd floor meeting room for a Meet & Greet with special guest, Dennis "Bose" Biddle, former Negro League Baseball pitcher.

Biddle was the youngest person to play in the Negro Baseball League. He played for the Chicago American Giants from 1953-1954. Biddle was known as "the man who beat the man." Gerald (Lefty) McKinnis, one of the few pitchers to beat legend Satchel Paige, was out pitched by Biddle. Biddle is the author of Secrets of The Negro Leagues. (Sponsored by the Hotel Metropolitan)


Pee Wee Reese, Catalyst of Baseball Integration, will be portrayed by Dick Usher, retired educational psychology Professor Murray State University.

Reese led the Brooklyn Dodgers to 7 pennants and in 1955 a World Series win over the New York Yankees. Inducted into the Baseball of Fame in 1984, his plaque records the powerful example he set when Jackie Robinson joined the Dodgers in 1947 as the first black player. Reese's acceptance and support of Robinson was instrumental in "breaking down baseball's color barrier".

Sponsored by McCracken Co. Public Library and The Kentucky Humanities Council

August 7, 2014

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


2nd Floor Meeting Room