Negro league star’s grave gets marker 53 years after death

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A former star in the Negro baseball league has finally received a grave marker more than 50 years after his death.

A ceremony Sunday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington dedicated a limestone grave marker for George “Anner” Shively.

The two-time MVP and seven-time All-Star died in 1962 and was buried in an unmarked grave.

Shively’s great-grandnephew, Seth Debro, tells The Herald-Times that the marker helps his generation connect with their ancestors and gives them a place to visit.

About 100 people attended the memorial dedication.

Shively’s marker is one of 11 that now sit just off the road in the southwest section of the cemetery.

They represent the culmination of nearly a year’s work. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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