This month, the Pittsburgh Pirates launched the "Long Live Their Legacy" program, a community relations initiative promoting the history of the Negro Leagues and its many stars. The program is a traveling presentation made available to Pittsburgh area schools and community groups throughout February as part of Black History Month.
This month, the Pittsburgh Pirates launched the "Long Live Their Legacy" program, a community relations initiative promoting the history of the Negro Leagues and its many stars. The program is a traveling presentation made available to Pittsburgh area schools and community groups throughout February as part of Black History Month. Pirates Community Outreach Coordinator Joel Gray oversees the effort.
The "Long Live Their Legacy" initiative is designed to help educate young people in surrounding communities about Negro League baseball, its ties to Pittsburgh, and the significant influence it has had - and still has - on the game of baseball. The roughly 60-minute presentation aims to create an awareness of Pittsburgh as a hub for Negro League baseball during the first half of the 20th century, and the fact it was the only city in the country to host two Negro League teams - the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords. Those teams were two of the most historic Negro League teams of all time and featured stars such as Josh Gibson, Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige, James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell and Buck Leonard.
Below is the schedule of events for the "Long Live Their Legacy" programs. All programs are closed to the public, unless noted.
Thursday, February 7
• 9 a.m.- 10 a.m.: Pittsburgh Phillips K - 5 Elementary School
• 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.: Westinghouse Academy
• 4 p.m.- 5 p.m.: Carlow University (3333 Fifth Avenue Commons 2nd Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15213) * Open to all university students and community
Friday, February 8
• 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.: Miller African - Centered Academy
• 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.: Propel Schools - Homestead
• 4:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.: The Pittsburgh Project
Monday, February 11
• 9 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.: Pittsburgh Langley
• 4:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.: Manchester Academic Charter School
Tuesday, February 12
• 8 a.m.- 10 a.m.: Sto - Rox Middle School
• Noon- 2:30 p.m.: Sto - Rox Primary Center
• 4 p.m.- 5 p.m.: East End United Community Center (150 Coolspring Street Uniontown, PA 15401) * Open to the Public
Wednesday, February 13
• 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.: Pittsburgh Lincoln PreK - 5 School
• 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.: Propel Schools - Montour
Thursday, February 14
• 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.: Dilworth Traditional Academy
Friday, February 15
• 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.: Ramsey Elementary School
• 6 p.m.- 7 p.m.: Mon Yough CISP
Tuesday, February 19
• 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.: Propel Schools - Braddock Hills
• 4 p.m.- 5 p.m.: Josh Gibson Foundation at Pittsburgh Langley
Wednesday, February 20
• 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.: Elm Grove Elementary School
• 2 p.m.- 3 p.m.: Margaret Bell Miller Middle School
Thursday, February 21
• 8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.: Pittsburgh Brookline PreK - 8
• 10:15- 11:15 a.m.: Pittsburgh Arsenal K - 5
• 1 p.m.- 2 p.m.: Albert Gallatin Area Senior High School
Friday, February 22
• 9:15 a.m.- 10:15 a.m.: Pittsburgh Liberty K - 5
• 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.: Evergreen Elementary School
On Tuesday, February 5, the Pirates began their schedule of Black History Month events with the Curt Roberts Step Up to the Plate Diversity event in the Jim Beam Left Field Lounge. Over 50 college students from diverse backgrounds joined Pirates' executives, staff, and hiring managers to discuss diversity in professional baseball and ways to break into the sports industry. The event included students from more than 10 local universities and featured a panel discussion with Pirates staff, a presentation from Major League Baseball's Diversity and Inclusion Office, and a structured networking session with Pirates' hiring managers. The event is named in honor of Roberts, the infielder who made history by becoming the first African-American to play for the Pirates in 1954.