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 a two-day African American Heritage Celebration on Friday, July 13, 2018 and Saturday, July 14, 2018.
For the first time ever, the Pirates kicked-off the celebration with "Bringing it Home!," a panel discussion that enabled under-served youth in our community to hear from and engage with personnel from every level of the Pirates organization. Over 175 guests - including Pittsburgh Urban BASEball Classic teams, Josh Gibson Foundation, and Penn State Center Pittsburgh's Community Innovation Training of Youth - packed PNC Park's Press Conference Room and gained valuable career advice from Brian Colbert, Pirates Senior VP of Revenue, Kevan Graves, Pirates Assistant General Manager, and Kevin Young, former Pirates first baseman. Following the event, participants were invited to watch batting practice and stay to cheer on the Pirates as they battled the Milwaukee Brewers.
For pre-game, we acknowledged the 2018 Josh Gibson Foundation Scholarship Recipients, Spirit of King Committee Members, and Fanatics All-Star Community Hero - Tim Stevens. In addition to the Pirates and Brewers joining the celebration by wearing their Negro League affiliated jerseys - Pittsburgh Crawfords and Milwaukee Bears - we teamed up with Carnegie Museum of Art's Teenie Harris Archives to offer fans a Negro League Baseball Memorabilia Exhibit displaying the 1940 Negro League Baseball Championship trophy, Josh Gibson's Negro League Baseball contract from 1946, and various Teenie Harris film and photo action shots of Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords. The exhibit was displayed under PNC Park's Left Field Bleachers and was open to all fans during the Friday and Saturday games.
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