Dennis "Bose" Biddle, the youngest living player in the history of Negro League Baseball, will speak at Williams Baptist College on Tuesday, February 25, as a part of the college's Black History Month celebration. The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. in WBC's Manley Chapel.
Biddle, an Arkansas native, was just 17 when he began his career with the Chicago American Giants. After two seasons with the team, 1953 and 1954, Biddle was sought out by the Chicago Cubs. On the first day of spring training, however, Biddle sustained a leg and ankle injury, ending his baseball career.
He went on to receive his bachelor's degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin and spent the next 24 years as a social worker in the corrections system of Wisconsin. Although retired, Biddle still works with teens in a Career Youth Development program.
In 1996, Biddle founded Yesterday's Negro League Baseball Players, LLC to support the surviving members of the Negro League Baseball teams and to defend their economic interests.
The public is invited to attend the speaking engagement, and there is no cost for admittance.