George Shively

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George Shively
Left fielder
Born: (1893-01-03)January 3, 1893
Lebanon, Kentucky
Died: June 7, 1962(1962-06-07) (aged 69)
Bloomington, Indiana
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
Negro league baseball debut
1910, for the West Baden Sprudels
Last appearance
1924, for the Washington Potomacs

George "Rabbit" Shively (January 3, 1893 – June 7, 1962) was an American baseball left fielder in the Negro leagues. He played from 1910 to 1924 with various teams. He played mostly with the Indianapolis ABCs.[5]

He was asked to leave the Indianapolis ABCs to Captain the "Lyon's Black Devils" baseball team of Kokomo, Indiana for part of the 1919 season,[3] then later that year left for the East Coast where he appears to have played the rest of his career.

Shively died in 1962 and was buried in an unmarked grave in Bloomington, Indiana. A limestone monument was dedicated on his gravesite in the Rosehill Cemetery on April 4, 2015 in a community ceremony memorializing Shively and 10 other African Americans also buried in unmarked graves.[6]


  1. ^ "Take One From Sprudels" Loogootee Sentinel, Loogootee, IN, Tuesday, August 22, 1911, Page 1, Column 1 and 2
  2. ^ "A.B.C.'s Take Three From the Sprudels" Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, IN, Wednesday, May 19, 1915, Page 10, Column 6
  3. ^ a b "Lyon's Black Devils" Kokomo Daily Tribune, Thursday, May 29, 1919, Page 13, Column 3
  4. ^ "Empey Has Fine Bill" New York Sun, New York, NY, Page 4, Column 2
  5. ^ Riley, James A. (1994). The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-0959-6.
  6. ^ "Community comes together to honor local Negro League star, family members" The Herald-Times, April 5, 2015

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