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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
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
Cardinals Defeat Dodgers in NL Playoff (1946)
Cardinals Defeat Dodgers in NL Playoff (1946)
Published: 2014/03/18
Channel: historycomestolife
Dixie Walker - Senior Show Video 2013
Dixie Walker - Senior Show Video 2013
Published: 2013/03/20
Channel: long2lgs
Walker Hayes - You Broke Up with Me (Audio)
Walker Hayes - You Broke Up with Me (Audio)
Published: 2017/01/27
Channel: WalkerHayesVEVO
Ranger Walker and Dixie Dawg
Ranger Walker and Dixie Dawg
Published: 2014/03/07
Channel: Roundup Ministries
Walker wedding maid of honor song to Dixie chicks "Goodbye Earl"
Walker wedding maid of honor song to Dixie chicks "Goodbye Earl"
Published: 2014/10/28
Channel: Christina Schafer
The Dixie Hummingbirds - I
The Dixie Hummingbirds - I've Got So Much to Shout About
Published: 2013/10/22
Channel: DasPackenvonBand
Sucarnochee Revue | The Heart Of Dixie | MPB
Sucarnochee Revue | The Heart Of Dixie | MPB
Published: 2011/06/13
Channel: Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Tricia Walker - Dixie
Tricia Walker - Dixie
Published: 2009/10/08
Channel: Kimberly Cooley
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
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
Dixie Hummingbirds - I
Dixie Hummingbirds - I've Got So Much to Shout About at Newport Folk Festival 1966
Published: 2013/12/29
Channel: DasPackenvonBand
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
Dixie
Dixie
Published: 2015/10/15
Channel: Tricia Walker - Topic
"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
OBM - Baseball Player - Dixie Walker Jr.
OBM - Baseball Player - Dixie Walker Jr.
Published: 2016/10/06
Channel: Our Best Moments
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
"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
Winn Dixie in Walker, LA After Louisiana Flood 2016
Winn Dixie in Walker, LA After Louisiana Flood 2016
Published: 2016/08/17
Channel: 4given4ever1
1966 Walker Cup Finals - Nashville Dixie Flyers vs Long Island Ducks
1966 Walker Cup Finals - Nashville Dixie Flyers vs Long Island Ducks
Published: 2013/02/23
Channel: Jeremy Dickens
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
Building a  Super Walker Revolver from a Kit:  Part 1
Building a Super Walker Revolver from a Kit: Part 1
Published: 2013/11/25
Channel: Hovey Smith
March 22, 2017
March 22, 2017
Published: 2017/03/22
Channel: Dixie Walker
Luis Fonsi - Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber (SING OFF vs. Pixie Lott)
Luis Fonsi - Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber (SING OFF vs. Pixie Lott)
Published: 2017/05/21
Channel: Conor Maynard
July 10, 2017
July 10, 2017
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: Dixie Walker
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
"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
Dixie - TN Walker Mare
Dixie - TN Walker Mare
Published: 2017/05/01
Channel: Ronald Tongue
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
Dixie Hummingbirds - Take care of me
Dixie Hummingbirds - Take care of me
Published: 2009/08/01
Channel: 5blindboys
"Call On The Lord" (1979) Dixie Hummingbirds
"Call On The Lord" (1979) Dixie Hummingbirds
Published: 2014/02/11
Channel: Gospel Nostalgia
Dixie Lee Walker 2-17-12
Dixie Lee Walker 2-17-12
Published: 2012/02/18
Channel: ic2gr8g8s
March 22, 2017
March 22, 2017
Published: 2017/03/22
Channel: Dixie Walker
"Have A Little Talk With Jesus" (1964) Dixie Hummingbirds
"Have A Little Talk With Jesus" (1964) Dixie Hummingbirds
Published: 2015/06/17
Channel: Gospel Nostalgia
"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
March 22, 2017
March 22, 2017
Published: 2017/03/22
Channel: Dixie Walker
"I Found A Friend" (1969) Dixie Hummingbirds
"I Found A Friend" (1969) Dixie Hummingbirds
Published: 2012/10/26
Channel: Gospel Nostalgia
7.7.13 Black Walker Mare "Dixie"
7.7.13 Black Walker Mare "Dixie"
Published: 2013/07/09
Channel: Patty Sherwood
Dixie- Tennesse Walker Mare
Dixie- Tennesse Walker Mare
Published: 2013/01/20
Channel: HayburnerHaven
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
Chris Henry & Hardcore Grass - Daybreak in Dixie  - Vista @ Napoleon
Chris Henry & Hardcore Grass - Daybreak in Dixie - Vista @ Napoleon's, Decatur - Wed Mar/29/2017
Published: 2017/03/30
Channel: UnknownVincent
My son riding Dixie
My son riding Dixie
Published: 2013/10/07
Channel: k haynes
Fidgetspinner surprise
Fidgetspinner surprise
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: Dixie Walker
February 4, 2017
February 4, 2017
Published: 2017/02/04
Channel: Dixie Walker
Leo London & Jay Walker vs Dixie Dragon & Jacob Creed March 21/15 Melville, Sask.
Leo London & Jay Walker vs Dixie Dragon & Jacob Creed March 21/15 Melville, Sask.
Published: 2015/03/23
Channel: TheRachelling
Miller Walker Pole Bending last Horse show- riding DIXIE
Miller Walker Pole Bending last Horse show- riding DIXIE
Published: 2009/09/28
Channel: chadandmargo
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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]

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.

Opposition to 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.[6]

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

Later life[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 to 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.

Regret over opposing integration[edit]

In his 2002 book The Era, Roger Kahn wrote that Walker admitted to starting a Dodgers' player petition in 1947, in which the signers opposed the integration of baseball. In an interview with Kahn, Walker stated that he had nothing against Robinson specifically or African-Americans generally, but that he had been warned that his Birmingham business interests would suffer if he played baseball with black men. According to Kahn, Walker referred to the petition and his request to be traded from the Dodgers after the 1947 season as "the stupidest thing he’d ever done". In addition, Walker asked that if Kahn ever had the opportunity, Kahn write that Walker was sorry and apologized for his actions.[7]

Death and burial[edit]

Walker died of colon cancer in Birmingham on May 17, 1982, and was buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham.[8]

Family[edit]

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

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 Araton, Harvey (April 10, 2010). "The Dixie Walker She Knew". The New York Times. paragraphs 4-5, 11. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  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. ^ The Dixie Walker She Knew
  7. ^ Araton, Harvey (April 10, 2010). "The Dixie Walker She Knew". New York Times. New York, NY. 
  8. ^ "Fred "Dixie" Walker". FindaGrave.com. Retrieved 2016-04-10. 

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