Harold Henry Reese was born in 1918 in Kentucky. We know him as Pee Wee Reese, the great shortstop of the Brooklyn Dodgers who won 7 NL pennants.
Pee Wee Reese hit .269 with 2,170 career hits & 1,338 runs scored. He missed 3 full seasons to military service.
Reese’s greatest contribution was his leadership in bringing Jackie Robinson along as the first black player in major league baseball. In 1947, Pee Wee embraced Jackie in front of Cincinatti fans who were yelling obscenities at him. It showed everyone that Pee Wee was also a great player and a man of character.
Reese was inducted to The Hall of Fame in 1984 and died in 1999.
By the way, one of the greatest books about those legendary Brooklyn Dodgers is “Wait till next year” by Doris Kearns Goodwin: