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The Youngest Baseball Player in History Joe Lewis Reliford (Black History)

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Joe Louis Reliford, the youngest professional baseball player in history and author of From Batboy 2 the Hall of Fame, is set to receive the History Maker Award on February 9, at the FOX Theater in Atlanta, GA. His story is one that touches the imagination of everyone who hears it, sports fan or not. On July 19, 1952, 12-year-old Joe Lewis Reliford stepped out of the dugout of the into Baseball history. A black batboy working for the minor-league affiliate of the then Kansas City A’s in an era of racial tensions and prejudice, he transcended the times and showed the courage to answer the call when asked to pinch-hit in the eighth inning of the landmark game.

The team, the Fitzgerald Pioneers, had employed young Mr. Reliford since the age of ten. Joe was a favorite of the players.