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Pirates enhance African-American Heritage Celebration

The Pirates hosted their annual African-American Heritage Celebration at PNC Park in mid-July and brought exciting new elements to the popular event.

On July 13, the team presented its first-ever African-American Heritage sports panel discussion. That enabled more than 200 underserved youth to receive valuable career advice from members of the Pirates' front office -- including Senior Vice President of Revenue Brian Colbert, Assistant General Manager Kevan Graves, and Baseball Operations Special Assistant Kevin Young. Groups from the Urban League of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Urban Baseball Classic, and Penn State Center's Community Innovation Training of Youth participated. 

Following the panel discussion, the youngsters had the opportunity to watch the Pirates take batting practice. They were also on hand to witness the hometown team's 7-3 triumph over the Milwaukee Brewers. As part of the African-American Heritage Celebration, both squads honored Negro League baseball by wearing uniforms of teams from their respective cities. For the Pirates it was Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Brewers it was the Milwaukee Bears. Afterwards the jerseys were authenticated and made available for auction.

In conjunction with the Carnegie Museum of Art's Teenie Harris Archives, the Pirates presented a Negro League Baseball memorabilia exhibit that included great items such as the 1940 Negro League Baseball championship trophy won by the Homestead Grays, Josh Gibson's 1946 Negro League Baseball contract, and various Teenie Harris film and photo shots of the Grays and Crawfords in action. The exhibit was available on July 13 and July 14 on the concourse near the Left Field Bleachers and was open to all fans.

During pre-game activities that weekend, the Pirates also acknowledged the 2018 Josh Gibson Foundation scholarship recipients as well as the Spirit of King committee members, and Fanatics All-Star Community Hero Tim Stevens.