As a commitment to Pittsburgh's rich sporting past, the Pirates host an annual regular season initiative to celebrate the achievements of MLB's African-American players, coaches and front office executives, and to educate Pirates fans who might not know about the Negro Leagues and what they meant to Pittsburgh.
The Pirates hosted its Annual African American Heritage Celebration on Friday, June 16, 2017.
The celebration kicked-off with our Annual African-American Sports Heritage Luncheon, featuring two-time MLB All-Star, three-time Gold Glove recipient, and award-winning MLB Network Studio Analyst - Harold Reynolds.
Over 200 guests - including youth from The Pittsburgh Project, The Citizen Science Lab, and Josh Gibson Foundation - had a chance to hear stories from Harold's 12 year Major Leaguer career and how it was inspired many by Negro League legends such as Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, and John "Buck" O'Neil.
Following the luncheon, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs also joined the celebration by wearing their Negro League affiliated jerseys - Homestead Grays and Leland Giants - as well as incorporated numerous pre-game and in-game features celebrating African-American baseball both past, present, and future.
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