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City Talk: Maury Allen, co-author, "Dixie Walker of the Dodgers: The People
City Talk: Maury Allen, co-author, "Dixie Walker of the Dodgers: The People's Choice
Published: 2010/07/22
Channel: cunytv75
Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein - Dixie Walker
Henry Butler & Steven Bernstein - Dixie Walker
Published: 2014/07/08
Channel: ButlerBernsteinVEVO
Cardinals Defeat Dodgers in NL Playoff (1946)
Cardinals Defeat Dodgers in NL Playoff (1946)
Published: 2014/03/18
Channel: historycomestolife
42 Official Trailer 2013)   Harrison Ford Movie   Jackie Robinson Story HD
42 Official Trailer 2013) Harrison Ford Movie Jackie Robinson Story HD
Published: 2013/09/04
Channel: Pavel
Dixie Walker
Dixie Walker
Published: 2015/08/12
Channel: Henry Butler - Topic
Dixie Walker of the Dodgers The People
Dixie Walker of the Dodgers The People's Choice Alabama Fire Ant
Published: 2017/08/25
Channel: Karlsson
Donahue from Los Angeles (1991) Talk Show - Dixie Carter, Diana Muldaur, Jackie Zeman & Marcy Walker
Donahue from Los Angeles (1991) Talk Show - Dixie Carter, Diana Muldaur, Jackie Zeman & Marcy Walker
Published: 2017/08/02
Channel: tvrepeater
Dixie Ultra Stress Test: The High Wire
Dixie Ultra Stress Test: The High Wire
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: Dixie Products
Fidgetspinner surprise
Fidgetspinner surprise
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: Dixie Walker
July 10, 2017
July 10, 2017
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: Dixie Walker
Dixie Walker - Senior Show Video 2013
Dixie Walker - Senior Show Video 2013
Published: 2013/03/20
Channel: long2lgs
Walker,Louisiana Flood Footage 8/15/16 update water Reseeded.
Walker,Louisiana Flood Footage 8/15/16 update water Reseeded.
Published: 2016/08/15
Channel: Toocool
"Let The Holy Ghost Fall On Me" (1962) Dixie Hummingbirds
"Let The Holy Ghost Fall On Me" (1962) Dixie Hummingbirds
Published: 2012/08/21
Channel: Gospel Nostalgia
Tricia Walker - Dixie
Tricia Walker - Dixie
Published: 2009/10/08
Channel: Kimberly Cooley
Homes for Sale - 806 SE 9th St - Pryor, OK 74361 - Dixie Walker
Homes for Sale - 806 SE 9th St - Pryor, OK 74361 - Dixie Walker
Published: 2013/01/27
Channel: C21HomeforSale
1970 Olds Rallye 350 Dixie Olds Club Walker county 2017 labor day car show 003
1970 Olds Rallye 350 Dixie Olds Club Walker county 2017 labor day car show 003
Published: 2017/09/23
Channel: saneauto
Sucarnochee Revue | The Heart Of Dixie | MPB
Sucarnochee Revue | The Heart Of Dixie | MPB
Published: 2011/06/13
Channel: Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Homes for Sale - Hickory Hill Dr Pryor OK 74361 - Dixie Walker
Homes for Sale - Hickory Hill Dr Pryor OK 74361 - Dixie Walker
Published: 2014/01/10
Channel: C21Residential4
The Heart of Dixie
The Heart of Dixie
Published: 2015/10/15
Channel: Tricia Walker - Topic
Mary (redbone) & Dixie (Walker) coon hunting
Mary (redbone) & Dixie (Walker) coon hunting
Published: 2015/10/24
Channel: City Boy Kennels
Fidgetspinner giveaway
Fidgetspinner giveaway
Published: 2017/07/08
Channel: Dixie Walker
Fun Tour of American Accents | Amy Walker
Fun Tour of American Accents | Amy Walker
Published: 2011/10/09
Channel: Amy Walker
OBM - Baseball Player - Dixie Walker Jr.
OBM - Baseball Player - Dixie Walker Jr.
Published: 2016/10/06
Channel: Our Best Moments
The Dixie Hummingbirds - I
The Dixie Hummingbirds - I've Got So Much to Shout About
Published: 2013/10/22
Channel: DasPackenvonBand
Dixie Hummingbirds - I
Dixie Hummingbirds - I've Got So Much to Shout About at Newport Folk Festival 1966
Published: 2013/12/29
Channel: DasPackenvonBand
Dixie
Dixie
Published: 2015/10/15
Channel: Tricia Walker - Topic
7.7.13 Black Walker Mare "Dixie"
7.7.13 Black Walker Mare "Dixie"
Published: 2013/07/09
Channel: Patty Sherwood
Winn Dixie in Walker, LA After Louisiana Flood 2016
Winn Dixie in Walker, LA After Louisiana Flood 2016
Published: 2016/08/17
Channel: 4given4ever1
"Lord, I Want You To Help Me" (1976) Dixie Hummingbirds
"Lord, I Want You To Help Me" (1976) Dixie Hummingbirds
Published: 2013/11/05
Channel: Gospel Nostalgia
Alex walker and the USM Dixie darlings
Alex walker and the USM Dixie darlings
Published: 2017/09/02
Channel: bo myers
Tricia Walker performing her original song "The Heart of Dixie"
Tricia Walker performing her original song "The Heart of Dixie"
Published: 2010/06/15
Channel: MusicBox Project
Meet the cast video series: John Jurcheck
Meet the cast video series: John Jurcheck
Published: 2013/11/27
Channel: Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Dixie Hummingbirds - Take care of me
Dixie Hummingbirds - Take care of me
Published: 2009/08/01
Channel: 5blindboys
Dixie treed
Dixie treed
Published: 2014/03/11
Channel: kmorell86
ROCK AND ROLL - LOU WALKER  (STARDAY DIXIE).
ROCK AND ROLL - LOU WALKER (STARDAY DIXIE).
Published: 2013/01/18
Channel: Lilly Blue
Dixie Lee Walker 2-17-12
Dixie Lee Walker 2-17-12
Published: 2012/02/18
Channel: ic2gr8g8s
Thanksgiving Greeting
Thanksgiving Greeting
Published: 2013/11/25
Channel: msllnc
"You Ought To Have Been There" (1967) Dixie Hummingbirds
"You Ought To Have Been There" (1967) Dixie Hummingbirds
Published: 2013/09/18
Channel: Gospel Nostalgia
Tasha riding Dixie, Tn Walker
Tasha riding Dixie, Tn Walker
Published: 2013/10/07
Channel: k haynes
Dixie - TN Walker Mare
Dixie - TN Walker Mare
Published: 2017/05/01
Channel: Ronald Tongue
Ranger Walker and Dixie Dawg
Ranger Walker and Dixie Dawg
Published: 2014/03/07
Channel: Roundup Ministries
Dixie dragging her walker
Dixie dragging her walker
Published: 2010/04/17
Channel: wildtiger2014
Willadean M. Walker and Dixie Lee Dalbey Revocable Trust Aerial Tour - Scotland County, MO
Willadean M. Walker and Dixie Lee Dalbey Revocable Trust Aerial Tour - Scotland County, MO
Published: 2015/11/12
Channel: sullivanauctioneers
9 Tricia Walker - The Heart of Dixie Short 2.16.mov
9 Tricia Walker - The Heart of Dixie Short 2.16.mov
Published: 2013/06/17
Channel: MusicBox Project
Walker and Dixie Girl Enjoying the Cool Weather
Walker and Dixie Girl Enjoying the Cool Weather
Published: 2017/11/08
Channel: Aurora Long
"Doing All The Good I Can" (1967) Dixie Hummingbirds
"Doing All The Good I Can" (1967) Dixie Hummingbirds
Published: 2013/09/18
Channel: Gospel Nostalgia
Vurdalaki (2017) [HD] Quality Trailer
Vurdalaki (2017) [HD] Quality Trailer
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: Dixie Walker
Song playthrough
Song playthrough
Published: 2016/07/13
Channel: Dixie Walker
Dixie
Dixie
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: dan walker + the sky - Topic
"Call On The Lord" (1979) Dixie Hummingbirds
"Call On The Lord" (1979) Dixie Hummingbirds
Published: 2014/02/11
Channel: Gospel Nostalgia
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Dixie Walker
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Outfielder
Born: (1910-09-24)September 24, 1910
Villa Rica, Georgia
Died: May 17, 1982(1982-05-17) (aged 71)
Birmingham, Alabama
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 28, 1931, for the New York Yankees
Last MLB appearance
September 22, 1949, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Batting average .306
Home runs 105
Runs batted in 1,023
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Fred E. "Dixie" Walker (September 24, 1910 – May 17, 1982) was an outfielder, primarily a right fielder, in Major League Baseball, playing for the New York Yankees (1931, 1933–36), Chicago White Sox (1936–37), Detroit Tigers (1938–39), Brooklyn Dodgers (1939–47) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1948–49).[1] In 11 years in the National League, Walker posted a .310 batting average (in nine seasons in the American League, an average of .295),[1] with 105 total home runs and 1,023 RBIs in 1,905 games.[1]

Walker's popularity with the Ebbets Field fans in the 1940s brought him the nickname "The People's Cherce" (so-called, and spelled, because "Choice" in the "Brooklynese" of the mid-20th century frequently was pronounced that way).[2] He was an All-Star in five consecutive years (1943–47) and the 1944 National League batting champion.[2] Walker may be best known for his reluctance to play on the same team as Jackie Robinson in 1947.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born on September 24, 1910, in Villa Rica, Georgia,[1] Walker was the scion of a baseball family.[3][4][5] His father, Ewart Walker (the original "Dixie Walker"), was a pitcher for the Washington Senators (1909–12); an uncle, Ernie Walker, was an outfielder for the St. Louis Browns (1913–15);[4] and his younger brother, Harry "the Hat" Walker, also an outfielder, played for four National League teams between 1940 and 1955 and managed the St. Louis Cardinals (1955), Pittsburgh Pirates (1965–67) and Houston Astros (1968–72).[3][5] All four Walkers batted left-handed and threw right-handed.[1][3][4][5]

Playing career[edit]

Walker originally entered the major leagues with the New York Yankees, and was considered the heir to Babe Ruth as the team's left fielder after playing with the Yankees in 1931, and again from 1933 to 1936.

After stints with the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers, Walker blossomed into a star with the Brooklyn Dodgers, with whom he played from 1939 to 1947. He was a five time All Star, being selected in every year from 1943 to 1947. In addition, he was the National League's batting champion in 1944, with his average of .357 besting runner up Stan Musial's .347. In addition, Walker was the 1945 National League runs batted in champion, with his total of 124 topping Boston Braves outfielder Tommy Holmes, with 117.

After the 1947 season, Walker was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates, for whom he played two seasons before retiring in 1949.

Managing and coaching career[edit]

The Pirates released Walker after the 1949 season, and he began a managing and coaching career as manager of the minor league Atlanta Crackers. In his first year as manager, they won the Southern Association pennant. He then led them to finishes of sixth and second.

Walker coached with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1953, but left partway through the season to manage the Cardinals' Houston team in the Texas League. He managed Houston through 1954, after which he managed in the International League, first with the Rochester Red Wings (1955-1956), and then with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–1959).

The Milwaukee Braves made Walker a scout, and he worked in this position until 1963, when he joined the team's coaching staff. When the Braves relocated to Atlanta in 1966, Walker was their chief scout for the Southeastern United States.

In 1968 Walker joined the Dodgers as hitting coach, and he held this position until 1974. From 1974 to 1976 he was a coach for the Dodgers' minor league system.

Baseball integration[edit]

Walker vocally opposed the participation of black baseball players regardless of their skill. He suggested he would not play for the Dodgers if a black baseball player were permitted on the team.[2] He reportedly initiated a player petition within the Dodgers in 1947, opposing Jackie Robinson joining the team,[2] and he wrote a letter to Dodgers owner Branch Rickey asking to be traded.[6]

In a 1981 interview, Walker explained that his trade request was not due to Robinson, but because Walker had become a scapegoat for opposition within the team.[6] In his 2002 book, The Era, 1947-1957, author Roger Kahn wrote that Walker admitted to starting the Dodgers' player petition in 1947, in which the signers opposed the integration of baseball.[2] In an interview with Kahn, Walker stated, "I organized that petition in 1947, not because I had anything against Robinson personally or against Negroes generally. I had a wholesale business in Birmingham and people told me I’d lose my business if I played ball with a black man."[2] According to Kahn, Walker referred to the petition as "the stupidest thing he’d ever done" and that if Kahn had the opportunity, he write that Walker was sorry and apologized for his actions.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 1936 Walker married Estelle Shea. They were the parents of daughters Mary Ann and Susan, and sons Stephen, Fred Jr., and Sean.

Walker died of colon cancer in Birmingham on May 17, 1982, and was buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Dixie Walker Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Araton, Harvey (April 10, 2010). "The Dixie Walker She Knew". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b c "Dixie Walker Statistics and History". 2016 [2000]. Retrieved 2016-04-12. (quote) Brother of Ernie Walker, Father of Dixie Walker and Father of Harry Walker 
  4. ^ a b c "Ernie Walker Statistics and History". 2016 [2000]. Retrieved 2016-04-12. (quote) Bats: Left, Throws: Right" and "Team: Browns 1913-1915 
  5. ^ a b c "Harry Walker Statistics and History". 2016 [2000]. Retrieved 2016-04-12. (quote) Bats: Left, Throws: Right" and "Teams (by GP): Cardinals/Phillies/Reds/Cubs 1940-1955 
  6. ^ a b Berkow, Ira (December 10, 1981). "Dixie Walker Remembers". The New York Times. 

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Achievements
Preceded by
Bob Johnson
Hitting for the cycle
September 2, 1944
Succeeded by
Bob Elliott

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