Pee Wee Reese

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Pee Wee Reese

Born

7/23/1918, Ekron, Kentucky, USA

Died

8/14/1999

Birth Name

Harold Henry Reese

Gender

Male
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Harold "Pee Wee" Reese played shortstop for the Dodgers for 16 years. He helped the Dodgers to 7 World Series appearances during that time including the franchises first ever World Championship in 1955. Pee Wee retired after the 1958 season, which was the Dodger's first in Los Angeles.…more

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  • Trivia

    • On July 1, 1951 Pee Wee gets the only hit for the Dodgers, a triple, which drove in 2 runs, which was enough to beat the Phillies 2-1.

    • Pee Wee played in the longest scoreless tie game in Major League Baseball history on Sept. 11, 1946. The game was against the Cincinnati Reds and lasted 19 innings at the Dodger's Ebbets Field.

    • On July 3, 1940 Pee Wee broke a 3-3 tie game with the Giants at the Polo Grounds with a grand slam to win the game 7-3.

    • Reese played in 2,014 games at shortstop for the Dodgers. No other shortstop in franchise history has played more.

    • Pee Wee is fifth all-time in Brooklyn dodger history with 78 triples.

    • Pee Wee is second only to fellow Hall of Famer Zach Wheat in games played, at-bats, hits, double and total bases in Brooklyn Dodger history.

    • Reese scored 1,317 as a Brooklyn Dodger, which is more than any other Brooklyn player.

    • Pee Wee's 231 stolen bases as a Brooklyn Dodger is the most in Brooklyn history.

    • Reese had 1210 career walks which, as of 2006, were still more than any other Dodger in franchise history.

    • As of 2006 Pee Wee still has scored more runs (1338) than any other Dodger in franchise history.

    • Reese was instrumental in the acceptance of Jackie Robinson within the Dodger organization. He greeted Jackie with a handshake as he entered the Dodger clubhouse for the first time. He also went to Robinson and put his arm around his shoulder during one of his first games as fans in Cincinnati yelled racially inflammatory comments at Jackie.

    • After he retired, Reese worked as a baseball broadcaster and later had a high-profile job with Hillerich & Bradsby, the company that makes Louisville Slugger baseball bats.

    • Pee Wee's uniform number 1 is one of the few numbers retired by the Dodger franchise.

    • Reese was given his nickname "Pee Wee" when he was a champion marble shooter as a young boy.

    • Pee Wee led the National League with 30 stolen bases in 1952 and finished second 5 other times.

    • In 1949 Reese led the league in runs scored with 132.

    • Pee Wee led the National League in walks with 104 in 1947.

    • Reese finished in the top ten in MVP voting 8 times.

    • Pee Wee was a 10-time All-Star in his 16-year career.

    • Pee Wee played in 7 World Series for the Dodgers including the franchises first ever World Championship in 1955.

    • Pee Wee played for the Dodgers for 16 years.

    • Pee Wee was in the U.S. Navy during WWII (1943-1945).

    • Two of Pee Wee's nicknames were "The Little Colonel" and "The Captain."

    • Pee Wee won the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award
      in 1956.

    • Pee Wee's commemorative Hall of Fame plaque summarizes his contributions as follows: SHORTSTOP AND CAPTAIN OF GREAT DODGER TEAMS OF 1940'S AND 50'S. INTANGIBLE QUALITIES OF SUBTLE LEADERSHIP ON AND OFF FIELD. COMPETITIVE FIRE AND PROFESSIONAL PRIDE COMPLEMENTED DEPENDABLE GLOVE, RELIABLE BASE-RUNNING AND CLUTCH-HITTING AS SIGNIFICANT FACTORS IN 7 DODGER PENNANTS. INSTRUMENTAL IN EASING ACCEPTANCE OF JACKIE ROBINSON AS BASEBALL'S FIRST BLACK PERFORMER.

    • In 1984, Pee Wee was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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