JOSH GIBSON STATUE (Photos by Timothy Cox)
*One of three statues outside Nationals Park in downtown, D.C., is that of Pittsburgh Negro League legend, Josh Gibson. The statue notes that “Joshua” Gibson played for the Washington-Homestead Grays in the early 1940s. Apparently, the Grays played in both Pittsburgh and D.C. during the final years of Negro League existence, prior to Jackie Robinson’s Major Leagues integration. A little-known fact, indeed! Pitcher Walter Johnson and the powerful Frank Howard are the other two former Washington Senators on statues row.
*Though several fans wore T-shirts with the names of current Pirates stars Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez, it was quite noticeable that throwback jerseys and hats were also worn in tribute to Roberto Clemente, Willie “Pops” Stargell and the legendary World Series champs of 1971 and 1979. Pirates Pride is back. First time since the Barry Bonds-Bobby Bonilla days of the early 1990s. I also noticed a young lady wearing an Andy Van Slyke jersey.
*While many younger fans are not as familiar with the 1960 World Series Champs, older fans will never forget the 7th game, 9th-inning heroic homer by Bill Mazeroski at Forbes Field. As we said then, we still say “Beat ‘em Bucs”!
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