Pee Wee Reese

The Life of a Brooklyn Dodger

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About the Book

Harold “Pee Wee” Reese may have been the most beloved Brooklyn Dodgers player of all time. During a 16-year career in the 1940s and 1950s, he delivered timely hits, made countless acrobatic defensive plays at shortstop, and stole hundreds of bases for clubs that won seven pennants and, in 1955, finally overcame the Yankees to win the World Series.
Reese may be best remembered, however, for a gesture of solidarity. The year and the location vary with the telling, but witnesses agree on this crucial detail: During one of Jackie Robinson’s early tours of the National League, as catcalls and racial taunts rained down on him, the Southern-born Reese draped an arm across the infielder’s shoulder and stood alongside him, facing the crowd.
In this first full-length biography of Reese, author Glen Sparks digs into Hall of Famer’s life and career, his leadership both on and off the field, and the reasons that Brooklyn fans fell in love with the Boys of Summer.

About the Author(s)

SABR member Glen Sparks worked as a sportswriter and newspaper reporter for many years and is now a freelance writer. He lives in St Louis, Missouri.

Bibliographic Details

Glen Sparks
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: 12 photos, bibliography, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7790-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4438-7
Imprint: McFarland