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May 2009

What’s New · The Story of Negro League Baseball

Ron “Bunny” Warren, Charlie “Whip” Davis, and Chuck Harmon Ron “Bunny” Warren, Charlie “Whip” Davis, and Chuck Harmon

The Library is proud to partner with the Cincinnati Reds and the Reds Baseball Hall of Fame to celebrate Major League Baseball’s Civil Rights Game between the Reds and Chicago White Sox at Great American Ball Park on Saturday, June 20.

Meet the Players

To get ready for the big game, the Main Library’s Children’s Learning Center and the Pleasant Ridge, Price Hill, and Walnut Hills branch libraries will host Meet ’N Greets with some of the players who helped break the color barrier in professional baseball! Young baseball fans and their families will also get to listen to librarians read excerpts from Kadir Nelson’s award-winning book We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. These Library events are made possible by the Kersten Fund.

Meet Chuck Harmon

Pleasant Ridge Branch Library, Saturday, May 30, 1:00 p.m.

Meet Tom “High Pockets ” Turner

Price Hill Branch Library, Saturday, May 30, 3:00 p.m.

Meet Ron “Bunny ” Warren

Children’s Learning Center, Main Libary, Saturday, June 6, 2:00 p.m.

Meet Charlie “Whip ” Davis

Walnut Hills Branch Library, Saturday, June 13, 2:00 p.m.

About the Players

Chuck Harmon played in the Negro League for the Indianapolis Clowns before signing a Minor League contract with the St. Louis Browns. He remained in the Browns system until being traded to the Cincinnati Reds. In 1954 Mr. Harmon made his Major League debut as the first African American player to play for the Reds. He would later go on to play for the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies before retiring in 1957.

Tom “High Pockets ” Turner played for the Cincinnati Braves and the Dayton Monarchs before making his debut with the Chicago American Giants in 1947. After his professional baseball career ended, he coached slow-pitch softball teams in Seattle, Washington, and later in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Ron “Bunny ” Warren played in the Negro League after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Mr. Warren played for the Birmingham Black Barons and had a Minor League contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. After this Mr. Warren spent 16 years playing with a local semi pro team, the Cincinnati Tigers.

Charlie “Whip ” Davis spent five years pitching for the Memphis Red Sox of the Negro American League. He got his nickname from country star Charlie Pride who was Mr. Davis’ roommate when the two played professional baseball. At one point, Mr. Davis won twenty games in a row and relieved legendary pitcher Satchel Paige in the 1953 East-West All Star Game. Recently, Mr. Davis talked about his experience in the Negro League on FOX19. Watch the video.

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