Negro League player honored with Va. marker

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The state has approved a new round of historical highway markers, honoring a Negro League baseball player and 13 Virginia events and places linked to the War of 1812.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The state has approved a new round of historical highway markers, honoring a Negro League baseball player and 13 Virginia events and places linked to the War of 1812. John Preston "Pete" Hill played nearly a century ago for the Philadelphia Giants and the Chicago American Giants. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, which mistakenly listed his birthplace as Pittsburgh. That will be corrected this month after researchers and family members traced his home to a small African-American community in Culpeper County. In addition to Hill’s marker, the state Department of Historic Resources added signs relating to the War of 1812 in Virginia, where 73 armed encounters occurred with the British. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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