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Harold “Pee Wee’’ Reese, Louisville, Ky. (1918-1999). Caucasian. Pee Wee Reese was an All-Star shortstop for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers who won a World Series Championship in 1955. But he is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking friendship, leadership and support of teammate Jackie Robinson and other African Americans when Mr. Robinson broke the color line in Major League baseball in 1947. Mr. Reese, a native of Meade County, Ky., refused to sign a petition that other white players had circulated to protest Mr. Robinson’s historic achievement. Later, during a game in Cincinnati, Mr. Reese quieted the crowd that was jeering Robinson by putting his arm on Mr. Robinson’s shoulder to show his support for his teammate.
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