Pitt Baseball to Host Negro League Celebration Honor Clarence Bruce and Josh Gibson May 12

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PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh baseball team will once again partner with the Josh Gibson Foundation to host its second Negro League Celebration event in conjunction with its Friday, May 12 game versus NC State at Charles L. Cost Field.

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The Negro League has a rich history in the city of Pittsburgh, dating back to the Homestead Grays and the Pittsburgh Crawfords. In celebration of these two teams, the Panthers will sport Homestead Grays hats, while the visiting Wolfpack will wear Crawfords caps.

“I could not be more pleased to have our baseball program and NC State be a part of this Negro League Celebration,” said head coach Joe Jordano. “The Negro Leagues played such a prominent part in baseball history and in particular, Pittsburgh baseball history with the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords. To have the families of Clarence Bruce and Josh Gibson with us is phenomenal. I was privileged to know Sam “The Jet” Jethroe from my hometown of Erie and I learned at an early age to have a great respect and appreciation for the Negro Leagues and its players. Today is a wonderful acknowledgment and celebration of such an important part of the game we love.”

Game time is set for 6 p.m. between the Panthers and Wolfpack as gates will open 90 minutes prior to the start of the contest. To purchase tickets visit www.pittsburghpanthers.com/buytickets or call 1-800 643-7488.

Fans in attendance will receive commemorative baseball cards, featuring prominent Negro League players.

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