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Chestertown in Kent County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
William Beck Nicholson
 
William Beck Nicholson Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
1. William Beck Nicholson Marker
 
Inscription.
“Swish”
Philadelphia A.L., 1936
Chicago N.L., 1939–1948
Philadelphia N.L., 1948–1953
Born Chestertown, Kent County, Eastern Shore of Maryland, 1914. Graduate of Washington College 1936. Feared and respected outfielder with fine arm who played the national game of baseball with great determination. Led National League in home runs, RBI 1943, 1944, runner-up for MVP 1944. 235 career home runs, had 8 career grand slams, tied a major league record for four home runs in a doubleheader and four home runs in four consecutive times at bat. The accolade “Swish” began at storied Ebbetts Field, Brooklyn and spread to every ball park. Legend has it that only Bill Nicholson and Babe Ruth have ever been walked intentionally with the bases loaded. Country boy who worked hard to become a major leaguer and star, ever helpful to rookies. Retired here in 1953.
 
Erected 1992 by the Committee for Bill Nicholson Testimonial, Chestertown, Maryland.
 
Location. 39° 12.631′ N, 76° 3.92′ W. Marker is in Chestertown, Maryland, in Kent County. Marker is on Cross Street, on the right. Click for map. Marker is at the Visitor’s Center. Marker is in this post office area: Chestertown MD 21690, United States of America.
 
William Beck Nicholson (1914–1996) Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, October 18, 2007
2. William Beck Nicholson (1914–1996)
1992 Bronze by Kenneth F. Herlihy is five feet tall on a one foot base is also titled “Bronze Baseball Player” and “Bill ‘Swish’ Nicholson.”
 

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baltimore Regional Trail (here, next to this marker); American Victory (here, next to this marker); Chestertown, First Population Center of the United States (within shouting distance of this marker); George Vickers (within shouting distance of this marker); Tercentenary Celebration (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); On This Site Stood the Courthouse (about 500 feet away); In This Church (about 500 feet away); John Leeds Barroll (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Chestertown.
 
Also see . . .  Bill Nicholson Statistics. (Submitted on October 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
William Beck "Swish" Nicholson Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2012
3. William Beck "Swish" Nicholson
Statue by Ken Herlihy
 
 
Presentation Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, October 18, 2007
4. Presentation Marker
This statue of a Baseball Great is placed here as a tribute to the man, as an inspiration to the nation's youth an as a reminder that sport is important to the American Dream. Funds for the statue were provided through the generous donations of Alletta Laird Downs, the Henry Silliman family, Mr. and Mrs. Adrian Hopper and by many of Bill Nicholson's friends and fans. Their thoughtfulness is hereby recognized and applauded.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,795 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on January 12, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   2. submitted on October 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3. submitted on January 12, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   4. submitted on October 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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