Exhibit to Celebrate Negro League
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The Pirates on Monday will unveil a unique, permanent exhibit at PNC Park which pays tribute to the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords.
The display, located behind the left-field gate entrance, will include a theater, statues and interactive features. It will highlight some of the greatest players -- such as Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige and Buck Leonard -- from the era of segregated baseball.
"It's about tapping into baseball history and Negro Leagues history, and how it really parallels the history of Pittsburgh," Pirates spokesman Brian Warecki said.
"It's a sort of celebration, but it's also an educational exhibit -- more than just a statue or some signage. It's truly going to be hall of fame-like."
The exhibit has been in the planning stages for more than a year. It was pieced together with the help of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Mo.
"We're very excited Pittsburgh continues to be one of the leaders among major-league teams in celebrating the heritage of black baseball," said Bob Kendrick, the museum's director of marketing. …