On this day in Alabama history: Fred ‘Dixie’ Walker was born in Georgia

On this day in Alabama history: Fred ‘Dixie’ Walker was born in Georgia
Baseball card, Fred "Dixie" Walker of the New York Yankees, 1934. (Goudey, Wikipedia)/Baseball card, Harry “the Hat” Walker, 1950. (Bowman Gum, Wikipedia)

September 24, 1910

Major League Baseball outfielder Fred “Dixie” Walker was born in Georgia. Walker and his brother, Harry “the Hat” Walker, lived most of their lives in Birmingham and are the only brothers who have won MLB batting championships. The brothers played a combined 23 seasons in the majors and appeared in multiple All-Star Games, with five appearances by Fred and two by Harry, who also won two World Series Championships. Fred Walker is best known, however, for refusing to play on an integrated team with Jackie Robinson in 1947, a decision he later called “the stupidest thing” he’d ever done. Both brothers were inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.

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