John Preston “Pete” Hill, Negro League baseball player and manager, was born nearby on 12 Oct., probably 1882, and likely to formerly enslaved parents. Banned from whites-only major leagues, Hill became a star outfielder for African American teams, notably the Philadelphia Giants and Chicago American Giants. A Cuban League 1910/11 winter-season batting champion (with a .365 average), Hill hit 28 home runs for the Detroit Stars in 1919 (when Babe Ruth hit 29 in more games), marking Hill as among black baseball's earliest power hitters. Hill died 19 Dec. 1951 and was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.
Year On Marker: 2011
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Culpeper County
Physical Description of Location: 26254-26378 Rapidan Road (State Route 615), Rapidan, VA 22733. Marker is on right when traveling north on Rapidan Road, easily accessible from church parking lot.
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