But first let me pose a question. And be fair before you answer. Am I the racist or is the reporter who brings us this story the racist when I can read the headline and know that the accompanying detail is about some unimportant news relating to a black dude that nobody's ever heard of?
The headline in this morning's Roanoke Times:
My immediate response: It's about a black guy. (Logic screams to us that "legends'" graves don't disappear in the first place unless we are talking about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the year is 1791 or Thomas Paine, 1809. So this story isn't about some baseball legend. Rather it's about a baseball "legend."
And so it goes:
Culpeper, VA. (AP) -- The grave of baseball great John Preston "Pete" Hill, believed to be the only Hall of Famer whose burial site had been lost to history, was discovered Monday in a suburb of Chicago by Dr. Jeremy Krock, coordinator of the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project.It's kind of funny when you think about it. This "legend" had his name spelled wrong by the very people who were desperately trying to make him a legend.
The revelation comes on the heels of renewed interest in Hill, a star of the pre-Negro Leagues who was born in southern Culpeper County in the early 1880s. When Hill was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006, his plaque incorrectly listed his first name as Joseph, and his biographical data showed him being born in Pittsburgh, Pa.
On Oct. 12, Hill's birthday, after months of research by historians across the nation, the Hall of Fame rededicated his plaque and changed his bio.
Only one part of the puzzle remained a mystery: Where was Hill buried?
His death certificate provided a wealth of data, including ... [link]
Anyway, baseball great John Preston "Pete" Hill's grave site has been found. I'll certainly sleep better.