As part of this year's Emancipation Celebration, the McCracken County Public Library, the Hotel Metropolitan and the Kentucky Humanities Council will offer an Evenings Upstairs event today on integration in baseball: "Breaking Down Barriers."
Held in the library's second floor meeting room, the free public event will begin with a meet and greet from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. with Dennis "Bose" Biddle. A Negro League baseball pitcher who - beginning at age 17 - played for the Chicago American Giants from 1953 to 1954, Biddle is author of "Secrets of the Negro Baseball League: As Told By Dennis Biddle."
At 7 p.m., retired Murray State University educational psychology professor Dick Usher will portray Harold "Pee Wee" Reese, considered a catalyst of baseball integration because of his support for teammate Jackie Robinson. Reese led the Brooklyn Dodgers to seven pennants and a World Series win in 1955.
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