Gibson Awards Gala recognizes achievement

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On August 24, at the beautiful Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh the 2013 Negro League Gibson Awards Gala was held.  Sean Gibson, the great grandson of Josh Gibson and the executive director of the Josh Gibson Foundation, hosted the evening. Ty Miller of AURN (American Urban Radio Network) served as the master of ceremonies.



LEGACY AWARD—Simone Gibson, Sean L. Gibson, Olga Clemente, and Luis R. Clemente Zabala


After a delightful dinner honors were presented to many in attendance. Scholarships were presented to Kelsey Miller and David Edmunds Jr., also honored was Rich Fitzgerald, Robert Hill, Amber Liggett, Joe Jordano and Blain Jones. The Josh Gibson Foundation also honored the late Roberto Clemente with the 2013 Josh Gibson Legacy Award to mark the 40th Anniversary of Clemente’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.Host

Gibson, the star catcher and prolific home run hitter for the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawford’s during the 1930’s was born on December 21, 1911 in Buena Vista, GA. He moved to Pittsburgh in 1923 when his father found work in the steel mills. Gibson who is often called “the Black Babe Ruth” is believed to have hit nearly 800 home runs during his 17-year career. He died at the age of 35 in 1947 and was inducted into the baseball hall of fame in 1972.



HOST Sean L. Gibson





FAMILY SUPPORT—Deja Irwin, Simone Gibson, Madison Porter-Gibson


NEGRO LEAGUER—Ted Toles (Crawfords and Buckeyes)


NEGRO LEAGUER—Pedro Sierra (Indianapolis Clowns and Detroit Stars)


VOLUNTEERS—Dawn Jackson, Kaitlyn Joyce, Yvette Robinson and Denise Johnson


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