August 18, 2010
Louisiana-born Bill Dickey, considered by many to be the greatest catcher in baseball, grew up in Kensett (White County) and Little Rock (Pulaski County). Dickey played and coached at a time (1920s-1960s) when his team, the New York Yankees, dominated the world of baseball by winning seventeen American League titles and fourteen World Series titles. He counted among his friends Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Dickey was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954 and, in 1959, was one of the first five sports figures to be inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.