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Historical Marker to be Unveiled in Winchester

10 June 2019 Winchester News


A historical marker is scheduled to be unveiled this week in honor of a Winchester native, WWI veteran and baseball legend.

Spottswood Poles was born in Winchester in 1887, and began his Negro League baseball career in 1906 as an outfielder with the Harrisburg Giants in Pennsylvania. He moved up to play for the Philadelphia Giants in 1909 before going on to serve his country in World War I, achieving the rank of sergeant and earning five battle stars and a Purple Heart. His historical marker will be in Jim Barnett Park near the baseball fields and central concession stand. The community is invited to participate in a dedication ceremony on Friday (6/14/2019) at 6 p.m., followed by Spottswood Poles Night at the Winchester Royals baseball game at 7 p.m.

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