A legend in Dodger history, Reese has become inexorably tied to the now mythical moment when he stood beside Jackie Robinson in solidarity. While he never put up big numbers, he was a consistent hitter with good speed whose lifetime stats rank higher than nearly half of his fellow Hall of Famers. Part of the “Boys of Summer,” Reese was the leader of the team that finally brought a Championship to long-suffering Brooklyn in 1955. He made the trek across the country with the Dodgers and spent one, final season in Los Angeles before he retired after the 1958 campaign.
Reese is buried just twenty minutes away from the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.
August 17, 2011