Joe Reliford

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Joe Reliford
Joe Louis Reliford
Bat/Throw: R/R
Weight: 68
Born: 1939-11-29 at Fitzgerald, GA (US)
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Joe Reliford was a professional player.

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On a July night in Statesboro, Georgia in 1952, Joe Louis Reliford made history—twice. He became the youngest player ever to appear in a professional baseball game, and the first African-American to play in the segregated Georgia State League.

For Joe, who was all of 12-years-old at the time, his date with destiny was as unexpected for him as it was for the crowd at the ballpark that evening. A baseball fan from the time he could walk, Joe held no illusions about a career as a big leaguer. But fate—and a no-nonsense team official named Charlie Ridgeway—intervened when Joe was working as a batboy for the Class-D Fitzgerald Pioneers. His stint in the GSL may have been brief, but its impact cannot be ignored all these years later.

An interesting Q&A followed the above two paragraphs. [1]

Footnotes

  1. http://www.jockbio.com/Classic/Reliford/Reliford_bio.html, retrieved on 2011-09-06.
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