Last player alive from historic Springfield baseball team celebrates 102nd birthday

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Anthony “Tony” King who played on the historic American Legion Post 21 Baseball Team of 1934 is celebrating his 102nd birthday Wednesday afternoon in Holyoke.

King is known as the player who gave up a tournament position in North Carolina after learning their African American teammate Ernest “Bunny” Taliaferro was not allowed to play. Tony is the last living player who was on the team. He is expected to receive a proclamation from Mayor Sarno in honor of his birthday at Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke.

“I’m once again proud to proclaim Anthony ‘Tony’ King Day in the City of Springfield as he celebrates this joyous occasion. Proud, humble and genuine, Slugging 2B Tony King and his team ‘did the right thing’ back in 1934, standing up for their teammate, when many others in our society would not.”

Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno

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