Winchester, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Spottswood Poles, baseball player and decorated World War I soldier, was born in Winchester and lived near here. From 1906 until 1923, a period that largely predated the Negro Leagues, he starred on all-black teams such as the Harrisburg Giants, the Philadelphia Giants, and the New York Lincoln Giants. His speed, high batting average, and outstanding defensive play won him recognition as one of the best players of his era. Pole interrupted his career to serve in World War I. As a sergeant with the 369th U.S. Infantry, known as the Harlem Hellfighters, he was wounded in action during the Meuse-Argonne offensive in France. Poles died in 1962 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Erected 2019 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number Q-4 2.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Sports • War, World I.
Location. 39° 11.393′ N, 78° 9.628′ W. Marker is in Winchester, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Kent StreetTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. John Kirby, Jazz Musician (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Loudoun (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Loudoun (approx. 0.2 miles away); Washington's Well (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Fort Loudoun (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jackson’s Headquarters (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Jackson’s Headquarters (approx. ¼ mile away); Third Battle of Winchester (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winchester.
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