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Baseball author, former Negro Leaguer, to speak

Staff report

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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