Winchester resident, Spottswood Poles, was a very talented Negro league baseball player and was often referred to as the “Black Ty Cobb”. He also was a decorated WWI veteran who served in France.
After many efforts to recognize Poles, city officials and the Valley League’s Winchester Royals baseball team will unveil an interpretive historical marker and the naming of a road for him in Jim Barnett Park, at the Winchester Royals home game against the Woodstock River Bandits. Enjoy an evening of baseball and a tribute to a local hero.
A special dedication program will take place at 6:15pm sharp at the central concessional stand, a short distance to the left of the entrance to Bridgeforth Field.
Program will include:
Special remarks from Winchester Mayor John David Smith, Jr., family members, and acquaintances of Spottswood Poles
Unveiling of a new interpretive historical marker
Opportunity for media images and interviews
Special acknowledgments of Spottswood Poles at the Winchester Royals game following the ceremony
This event is part of the 275th anniversary celebration.
Baseball Game Ticket Price:
$5.00 (adults), $3.00 (seniors), $2.00 (child 6-12)