Pee Wee Reese , the dependable captain of the Brooklyn Dodgers for the better part of two decades, helped the Dodgers finally claim a World Series title. Not just limited to stats and records, his friendship and camaraderie with Jackie Robinson made it possible for the team to change baseball forever. A common misconception was that Reese earned his nickname because of his small stature. Reese was hardly tiny, standing approximately 5' 10'', and his famous nickname came from his love of the game of marbles as a kid with a "pee wee" being a small marble.
1970 World Series
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Inducted into Hall of Fame in BR page. His entire major league career was with the Brooklyn and later Los Angeles Dodgers. A versatile player, he led the league in a variety of categories: walks in , runs scored in , stolen bases in , and sacrifice hits in
It was simple on its face, but as deeply layered as the gesture it memorialized. The statue was not of a general on a horse, or a poet in deep thought with a pigeon on his head , but of two long-ago baseball players -- Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese of the Brooklyn Dodgers. On this uncommonly warm, sun-filled fall morning, a crowd of a few hundred had gathered outside the entrance to the park, in front of the statue, which was under a yellow covering.
The World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Brooklyn Dodgers , with the Yankees winning in five games to capture their fifth title in six years, and their ninth overall. The series was punctuated by the Dodgers' Mickey Owen 's dropped third strike of a sharply breaking curveball a suspected spitball pitched by Hugh Casey in the ninth inning of Game 4. The play led to a Yankees rally and brought them one win away from another championship. The Yankees were back after a one-year hiatus, having won 13 of their last 14 Series games and 28 of their last These two teams would meet a total of seven times from to — the Dodgers' only victory coming in — with an additional four matchups after the Dodgers left for Los Angeles, most recently in