Milestones Jun. 2, 1997

DIED. PIPER DAVIS, 79, the first African-American baseball player to sign with the Boston Red Sox, only to be dropped from the roster because of prejudice, not poor hitting; in Birmingham, Ala. In the 1940s he was a star slugger and infielder in the Negro leagues. As manager of the Birmingham Black Barons, he mentored the "Say-Hey Kid," Willie Mays.

DIED. MILDRED KERR BUSH, 12, a.k.a. Millie, the tell-all First Pooch, who "penned" the inside scoop on her master's presidency; after being put to sleep owing to a stomach ailment; in Kennebunkport, Maine. Millie's Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush (1990)...

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