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Near Rapidan in Culpeper County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pete Hill

(1882 - 1951)

 
 
Pete Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), April 9, 2021
1. Pete Hill Marker
Inscription.  John Preston "Pete" Hill, Negro League baseball player and manager, was born nearby on 12 Oct., probably 1882, and likely to formerly enslaved parents. Banned from whites-only major leagues, Hill became a star outfielder for African American teams, notably the Philadelphia Giants and Chicago American Giants. A Cuban league 1910/11 winter-season batting champion (with a .365 average), Hill hit 28 home runs for the Detroit Stars in 1919 (when Babe Ruth hit 29 in more games), marking Hill as among black baseball's earliest power hitters. Hill died 19 Dec. 1951 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.
 
Erected 2011 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number C-62.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansSports. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series list. A significant historical date for this entry is December 19, 1951.
 
Location. 38° 20.476′ N, 78° 2.91′ W. Marker is near Rapidan, Virginia, in Culpeper County. Marker is on
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Rapidan Road (Virginia Route 615) just south of Wilhoite Lane (Virginia Route 653), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26255 Rapidan Rd, Rapidan VA 22733, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Locust Grove (approx. 1.6 miles away); Mitchells Presbyterian Church (approx. 3 miles away); Crooked Run Baptist Church (approx. 3˝ miles away); Madison County / Culpeper County (approx. 3.6 miles away); Jackson’s Crossing (approx. 3.8 miles away); George Washington Carver Regional High School (approx. 4.2 miles away); Culpeper County / Orange County (approx. 4.3 miles away); Battle of Cedar Mountain (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rapidan.
 
Pete Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), April 9, 2021
2. Pete Hill Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 11, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Apr. 20, 2024