Oswald: Exhibit celebrates Pittsburgh’s dominant Negro League Baseball teams during Black History Month

From Josh Oswald at the Pittsburgh City Paper on February 3, 2020, with mention of SABR members Graig Kreindler and Rob Ruck:

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Negro League Baseball, the City-County Building will feature an exhibit beginning Feb. 3 and continuing through Feb. 28 that highlights the notable players, owners, and managers of both the Pittsburgh Crawfords and Homestead Grays through photos, artifacts, and memorabilia. 

Pittsburgh was a hotbed of Negro League Baseball talent. The Grays are the only team in sport’s history to win nine consecutive league titles (1937 to 1945) and two World Championships. The 1935 Pittsburgh Crawfords — dubbed the “Yankees of the Negro Leagues” — are considered one of the greatest baseball teams of all time and the team featured five Hall-of-Famers with Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, Cool Papa Bell, Judy Johnson, and Satchel Paige.


The exhibit helps viewers dig deeper into the history of Pittsburgh Negro League powerhouses and be transported to a time and place that is too often forgotten in local sports lore. It features photos taken by Teenie Harris (who also played for the Crawfords), reproductions of portraits by Graig Kreindler, and the continuous screening of the award-winning documentary Kings on the Hill: Baseball’s Forgotten Men by Dr. Rob Ruck of the University of Pittsburgh.

Read the full article here: https://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/city-county-building-exhibit-celebrates-pittsburghs-dominant-negro-league-baseball-teams-during-black-history-month/Content?oid=16684978

Originally published: February 5, 2020. Last Updated: February 5, 2020.