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Dennis “Bose” Biddle to Speak at UW-Eau Claire
About Negro League Baseball

 MAILED:  Feb. 6, 2004

EAU CLAIRE —As part of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s celebration of Black History Month, Dennis “Bose” Biddle will speak about his unique experience in baseball’s Negro League during the 1950s. Biddle will speak from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb.19, in Davies Theatre of Davies Center.

Biddle was known as “The Man Who Beat The Man Who Beat The Man” because Gerald (Lefty) McKinnis, one of the few pitchers to beat Satchel Paige, was out pitched by the 17-year-old Biddle.

The youngest surviving member of the NLB, Biddle was a pitcher for the Chicago American Giants in 1953-54. The following year, he signed a contract with the Chicago Cubs of the National Baseball League. Biddle’s career in baseball ended when he shattered an ankle during his first day at the Cubs’ spring training in 1955.

After Biddle stopped playing baseball, he returned to school, enrolling at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He became a social worker and worked for the state of Wisconsin for 24 years.

When Biddle retired, he founded the Yesterday’s Negro League Baseball Players Foundation. The YNLBPF, which Biddle serves as president, provides medical and other types of assistance to former NLB players. The YNLBPF also has made it their mission to educate people about the hardships that early African-American baseball players faced.

Biddle is featured in the book “Voices from the Negro Leagues” by Brent Kelly and has authored “Secrets of the Negro Leagues.”

The presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs, (715) 836-3367.

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Updated: February 6, 2004