Henry Reese earned himself many nicknames throughout his life. He
was mostly known as “Pee
Wee”--a name he was given as a young champion marble shooter.
While playing for the Louisville Colonels his teammates often called
him “The Little Colonel” and as the captain of the Dodgers
he was simply referred to as “The Captain.”
Orignally signed by the Boston Red Sox, he was sold to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1940. Pee Wee played shortstop for the Brooklyn Dodgers, who later became
the Los Angeles Dodgers. He led the team
to seven National League Pennants during the 1940s and 1950s and one World Series Title to the hated New York Yankees in 1955. Reese was named to the
National League All-Star team each year from 1947-1954. He led
the National League
in walks with 104 in 1947 and runs scored in 1949, and had a league
record of 30 stolen bases in 1952.
Pee Wee also helped smooth the transition of Jackie
Robinson into National League baseball by befriending the player. Not only were they one of the most feared double-play combinations in history, but his public displays
of acceptance helped ease the public and players’ resistance to integration.
He was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984 by the Committee on Baseball Veterans.