Adams-Wade: Dallas event to commemorate Negro League pitcher Bill Blair Jr.

From Norma Adams-Wade at the Dallas Morning News on October 16, 2018:

The legacy of the irrepressible William “Bill” Blair Jr. continues to leave an impact through youth and adult baseball activities in Dallas. 

Blair was a Dallas-born Negro Leagues pitcher who influenced others through sports, publishing, and behind-the-scenes political involvement. He died Easter morning April 20, 2014, at age 92, but he packed several lifetimes of activities into those nine-plus decades.

The free fifth annual Bill Blair Day will commemorate his Oct. 17, 1921, birth and celebrate the sports part of his crowded life through youth and family activities — including softball — at the park named in his honor. The Dallas Park and Recreation Board approved renaming Rochester Park in Blair’s honor in 2011 and dedicated the renovated park in 2013.

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Originally published: October 17, 2018. Last Updated: October 17, 2018.