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A Seattle man has a baseball given to him by his father that is autographed by baseball icon Dizzy Dean.
The ball is dated July 12, 1944, and his father claims he played catcher in a wartime ballgame that brought together two legendary pitchers: Dizzy Dean and Negro League star Satchel Paige.
It seems far-fetched that an Air Force staff sergeant could have shared the field with these two sports heroes, especially in an era when both the military and baseball were segregated.
History Detectives travels to Washington State, Indiana and Illinois to investigate whether the autographed ball could be evidence of the influence of America’s national pastime on post-war racial integration.
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- Latest CommentIt turns out that this collage was sold last fall: http://www.worthpoint.com/wort... I wonder if it would be possible to contact the buyer by way of the auction house about getting a print made. (9 months ago)
- Twitterremember this investigation with @TukufuZuberi @elyseluray Tonight they reunite! Let us know your thoughts! @PBS http://t.co/4KMnc27K (1 year ago)
- FacebookCongrats on your exhibit, TZ! Here's a Washington Post article about the exhibit, everyone, and the great story TZ and Elyse did on his "Our Colored Heroes" story. http://tinyurl.com/mzpuyo8 http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/investigation/our-colored-heroes/ (9 months ago)