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Pittsburgh Negro League star receives grave marker

Published August 19, 2013 3:15 pm

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Pittsburgh • 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 era of segregated baseball.

Ted Page's grave 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 1984 home invasion, beaten with a baseball bat by a man now serving life in prison. His 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. Page's is the 28th marker the project has organized.

Before the ceremony took place, Krock told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he and others had spent two years raising money for the marker.

"I'm proud we can honor these players in this small way," Krock said. "We hope to keep the memory of the player alive and to keep the memory of Negro League baseball alive."