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Former Negro League Baseball Player to Speak on Campus
 MAILED:  Feb. 16, 2004

Dennis “Bose” Biddle, a pitcher in the former Negro Baseball League, will discuss his experiences playing in the league during a UW-Eau Claire presentation Thursday, Feb. 19. The presentation, titled “Dennis ‘Bose’ Biddle Presents the Truth about the Negro Baseball League,” will be from 3-5 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Biddle pitched for the Chicago American Giants during the 1953 and 1954 seasons. The youngest living player in the history of Negro League Baseball, Biddle was named “The Man Who Beat the Man Who Beat the Man” at age 17 when he out pitched Lefty McKinnis, who was one of the few baseball pitchers who had out-pitched legendary Satchel Paige.

The following year, he was signed to a contract with the Chicago Cubs of the National Baseball League. His baseball career ended after he shattered his ankle during Cubs spring training in 1955. He then enrolled in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and earned a degree in social work.

A retired social worker who helped troubled youth, Biddle now lives in Milwaukee.

Biddle will be available to meet with the media prior to his formal presentation Feb. 19. You can arrange for an interview by contacting Christine Webster at (715) 836-3015 or websteck@uwec.edu.

Biddle’s visit to campus is part of UW-Eau Claire’s Black History Month celebration.


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Updated: December 28, 2004