Winchester, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Baseball Legend & WWI Hero
Both baseball and military service were segregated during the period he was active in these pursuits. Poles was recognized as one of the fastest players of his day and consistently posted high batting averages ranging from .414 to .487 in the Negro Leagues. When playing against the white leagues he posted a .610 batting average.
He started with the Harrisburg Giants in 1906, then went pro with Philadelphia in 1909. Most of his career was with the New York Lincoln Giants. He also played other teams in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Florida as well as with the Cuban baseball league in the winter months.
Poles joined the 369th Infantry Regiment (known as the ‘Harlem Hellfighters’), which was attached to the French Army, during WWI since
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Sports • War, World I.
Location. 39° 10.567′ N, 78° 9.125′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Spottswood Poles Drive west of Bridgeforth Drive when traveling west. Spottswood Poles Drive is an access road and parking lot for several ball fields in Jim Barnett Park. The marker is near the concession building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 East Cork Street, Winchester VA 22601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Korean War (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Korean War Memorial (about 600 feet away); POW-MIA (about 700 feet away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Revolutionary War Patriots (approx. 0.4 miles away); War of 1812 Veterans (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mississippi (approx. half a mile away); Louisiana (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
Also see . . . Winchester Star: "Spottswood Poles to receive long-overdue honors from city". Article published 4/17/2019. (Submitted on January 17, 2020, by Linda Walcroft of Woodstock, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2020, by Linda Walcroft of Woodstock, Virginia. This page has been viewed 589 times since then and 270 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 17, 2020, by Linda Walcroft of Woodstock, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.