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February 14, 2013

Village to 'shine light on forgotten hero'

Doubleday Field entrance to be named after ballplayer


“I can’t wait to see what they present,” he said. “Part of what they are looking into will be the Jim Crow aspect and the family history. If his father was a barber here in town, it seems to indicate that there would have been a larger African-American population here at one point. It is really fascinating.” 

Katz said he and several other people involved with the event have looked into Fowler’s family tree in hopes of inviting some descendants, but so far they have not had any success. 

“We know he did not have any children,” he said. “But he had brothers and sisters, so it is possible there are relatives. Our attempts to find them have not gone very far in terms of success. Part of what we hope is that the publicity for the event will reach them because we would like to have them be a part of it.”

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