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George Paskert risked his life to save 15 children from a fire

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A fleet-footed outfielder, George ‘Dode’ Paskert was correctly nicknamed ‘Gazelle.’ The 5 ft, 10 inch, 165-pound leadoff speedster could beat just about every major leaguer in a foot race. He stole over 20 bases eight times, including 51 in 1910 with the Redlegs and stole 293 career bases. He and twice hit over.300 and had a .268 career batting mark in his 15-year major league career, all in the National League. Fielding-wise Dode Paskert was noted for going back on balls and speed to his left or right equally well.


A true American Hero, at age 39 in 1920 Dode Paskert risked his life and ran into a burning apartment building repeatedly to rescued 15 children by wrapping each one in an overcoat, and then bring them down to safety.    

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Baseball player George Paskert, Cubs, standing on the field at Weeghman Field 1918 Photo

Informal head and shoulders portrait of baseball player Paskert, of the National League's Chicago Cubs, standing on the field at Weeghman Field (later renamed Wrigley Field), located at 1060 West Addison Street and bounded by West Waveland Avenue, North Seminary Avenue, North Clark Street, and North Sheffield Avenue in the Lake View community area of Chicago, Illinois.

This photonegative taken by a Chicago Daily News photographer may have been published in the newspaper. SDN-061441, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago Historical Society.

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