Cheltenham alum feat. in Phillies’ new ‘Pioneers in Pinstripes’ exhibit at Citizens Bank Park

Nathan Dickerson. Nate, a 1955 graduate of Cheltenham High School, has been featured in the Philadelphia Phillies’ newest addition to Citizens Bank Park’s Hall of Fame Club: the “Pioneers in Pinstripes” exhibit.

The exhibit was created “to honor trailblazers of Phillies integration and racial/ethnic diversity” and was unveiled on Monday, April 15 in accordance with Major League Baseball’s Jackie Robinson Day.

Several family members of Nate’s were reported to be in attendance at the ceremony last night.

“There were a lot of people who deserved credit for moving us forward and getting us to where we are today,” Phillies managing partner John Middleton said. “We’re preserving their memory and their actions and deeds for history. For our history, for Philadelphia’s history.”

Dickerson became the first amateur African-American baseball player to ever play in the Philadelphia Phillies organization (Majors or Minors). His June 20, 1955 debut saw Pulaski (Va.) defeat Bristol (Tenn.) 9-4 in the first game of an Appalachian League doubleheader.

Dickerson played first base and went 1-for-2 in the game.

He went on to play in the Phillies’ Minor League system from 1955-1959. Despite hitting 75 homers and batting .313, the 6’3″, 215-lb first baseman never made it to the Majors.

At Cheltenham High, Dickerson competed in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field, according to local historian Chuck Langerman.

For more details about the Phillies’ new exhibit, you can click here. You can also watch 6ABC’s video coverage below:

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