GREENBRIER RESORT HISTORY – “ON THIS DATE” – DATE: JUNE 25TH

Pee Wee Robinson
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“Dodger greats Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese”

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“Pee Wee Reese (left) and Jackie Robinson bronze statue at Brooklyn’s Coney Island”

On this date in 1964 Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese was taking a golf vacation at The Greenbrier.

Harold Henry Reese (1918 – 1999) received many nicknames throughout his life but was known by most as “Pee Wee”. Reese was given that nickname during his marble playing days and was also a Louisville city marbles champion at age 12. Pee Wee played shortstop for the Brooklyn Dodgers, who soon afterward became the Los Angeles Dodgers. Reese was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.

Pee Wee also helped smooth the transition of Jackie Robinson into National League baseball by making friends with the player. Not only were they one of the most feared double-play combinations in history, but his public displays of acceptance helped ease the public and players’ resistance to integration.

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Greenbrier Resort History – “On This Date” – Date: June 12th

Benson 1
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Benson 2
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On this date in 1954 Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson and his family were on vacation at The Greenbrier

Ezra Taft Benson (1899-1994), thirteenth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was noted for his extensive Church service and his distinguished career in government. He served forty-two years as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and was U.S. secretary of agriculture for eight years in the administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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Rhododendron

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The West Virginia state flower, the rhododendron, is now in full bloom here at The Greenbrier Sporting Club. The stunning flower, also called mountain laurel, can be found throughout the state but is most abundant in the Allegheny Mountains and can be enjoyed from early spring through fall.