PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Negro League star from Pittsburgh is the latest to receive a grave marker from a man dedicated to honoring the memory of those who played in the segregated baseball organization.
The grave of Ted Page was marked Saturday. He played for both of the league’s Pittsburgh-area teams in the 1930s, the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Homestead Grays.
Page was murdered in a home invasion in 1984, beaten with a baseball bat by a man now serving life in prison. Page’s ashes are now buried at the Allegheny Cemetery in the city’s Lawrenceville neighborhood.
Saturday’s ceremony was made possible by Jeremy Krock, an anesthesiologist from Peoria, Ill. Krock organized the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project after visiting another black player’s grave in 2004 and discovering it was unmarked.