Pee Wee Reese

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Birthdate 7/23/1918
Death Date 8/14/1999
Debut Year 1940
Year of Induction 1984
Teams Dodgers
Positions Shortstop, Third Base

Pee Wee Reese made ten All Star teams, played in 7 World Series, and was the starting shortstop for the 1955 World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers.

In the collection:

Pee Wee Reese handwritten letter re: 1959 World Series rings

Pee Wee Reese handwritten letter re: 1959 World Series rings

In the collection is this handwritten letter from the Dodger captain Pee Wee Reese. The correspondence below explains the content of this letter which reads in part, “Am sorry that I can’t get my wife a ring but I guess it’s impossible. Just have to split my time between the ̵
File copy letter from Buzzie Bavasi to Pee Wee

File copy letter from Buzzie Bavasi to Pee Wee

Pee Wee Reese is best remembered for his years in Brooklyn, but he also won a World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a coach. Here general manager Buzzie Bavasi writes. “”Since a ring is the only thing we are able to secure for the World Championship I thought you might like to ha
Mrs. Dotty Reese replies about World Series rings

Mrs. Dotty Reese replies about World Series rings

It appears Pee Wee took Buzzie Bavasi’s advice and decided to get a ring made up for Dotty Reese. Shown here is Mrs. Reese’s reply. It reads, “Please forgive our delay in sending you my ring size. I thought Pee Wee hand tended to it and he thought I had. My ring size is 6 /1/2. Sin
Pee Wee is informed that there will be no wives' rings

Pee Wee is informed that there will be no wives' rings

First GM Buzzie Bavasi suggested that Pee Wee get a ring for his wife. Pee Wee complied. Now comes this file copy letter on the subject. Dated 3 January, 1960, the letter is authored by Joe Ziegler of the Dodgers. It informs Pee Wee that the price was too exorbitant to make the ladies’ rings.
Postal receipts from shipment of the World Series rings

Postal receipts from shipment of the World Series rings

The team and Balfour Jewelers wanted to be sure that they players received their rings so they were shipped with a return receipt. Atop the trio of receipts is proof that Pee Wee Reese received the package in his native Kentucky. Also with the receipts are those of head trainer Doc Wendler, and coac
Dick Williams remembers teammate Pee Wee Reese

Dick Williams remembers teammate Pee Wee Reese

Dick Williams was asked to reflect on the life of Pee Wee Reese. Shown here is a Dodger press release announcing Reese’s passing. Williams writes in part, “He was the Captain and a good one. He was class. I always thought he would make a fine manager but I guess he wanted everyone to lik
Carl Erskine calls Pee Wee Reese,

Carl Erskine calls Pee Wee Reese, "a captain of captains" in this 1999 letter

Carl Erskine played for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers for a dozen years, 11 of which alongside Harold “Pee Wee” Reese. In the collection is this 1999 Dodger press release dated four days after Reese’s death. The release announces that the Dodger players will wear a uniform patch honorin
NY Giants legend Bobby Thomson writes about Pee Wee Reese & the Dodger/Giant rivalry

NY Giants legend Bobby Thomson writes about Pee Wee Reese & the Dodger/Giant rivalry

When the two teams were in New York, the Dodger/Giant rivalry was one of the most heated in baseball history. The players and fans of the teams hated each other. In the collection is this Dodger press release dated August 18, 1999, four days after the passing of Brooklyn shortstop and captain Pee We
Bobby Thomson finishes his letter with thoughts on Pee Wee Reese

Bobby Thomson finishes his letter with thoughts on Pee Wee Reese

On the reverse of the press release, New York Giants star Bobby Thomson finishes his thoughts on Brooklyn Dodger captain Harold “Pee Wee” Reese. Thomson disliked the Dodgers and saw them as rivals. That rivalry ran so deep that Thomson could not even acknowledge Reese’s inspirational work for Brooklyn. Here, Thomson writes

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