Black History Month Talk Features Former Negro Leagues Player

At 17, Dennis Biddle pitched five winning games, 15 total wins in rookie season

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 13, 2013) — As part of Black History Month, Scottsdale Community College presents a talk by former baseball pitcher Dennis “Bose” Biddle, the youngest player to suit up in the historic Negro Leagues.

Sponsored by SCC’s Black Student Union and the Center for Civic & Global Engagement, Biddle’s talk will address becoming a leader and overcoming adversity Tuesday, February 26, 2012 from 3-4 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be in the Turquoise Room of SCC’s Student Center.

Biddle, a retired social worker, played for the Chicago American Giants in 1953 and 1954, starting when he was just 17 years old. He is entered into the Congressional Record as the youngest player to play in the Negro Leagues. His rookie season he won 15 games, including five when he was still 17 years old, which is the most wins for a player that age.

His career ended in 1955 when he broke his leg in two places during spring training.

The Magnolia, Ark. native went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin. For the next 24 years, he worked with the state of Wisconsin as a social worker in the corrections system.

In 1996, Biddle founded the organization Yesterday’s Negro League Baseball Players to support the surviving members of the Negro League baseball teams and defend their economic interests.

If you go:

When: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

3 – 4 p.m.

Where: Turquoise Room, Student Center, Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Admission: Free and open to the public


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