Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Heritage lineup is set at PNC Park

The Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals will honor the Negro Leagues by wearing the uniforms of the Homestead Grays and the St. Louis Stars when they play at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Fans at the game will receive a free Homestead Grays cap.

The observance is part of the Pirates' annual African American Heritage Weekend.

Other events this weekend include:

The African American Heritage Day Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Friday will feature Robert Paige, son of the late Satchel Paige, as the keynote speaker. Tickets to the luncheon in PNC Park's Home Plate Club are available to the public at $40 per person. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Satchel Paige Foundation and Pirates Charities.

A mobile museum called "Times of Greatness" will tell the story of the Negro Leagues with photos, video, uniforms and other memorabilia. The 53-foot trailer sponsored by Roadway Express will be located in Red Lot 6 directly across from PNC Park on West General Robinson Street. The museum will be open to the public from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday and 5-7 p.m. Saturday.

A Heritage Day Festival from 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday will feature a live jazz musical performance by the Afro-American Musical Institute as well as cultural arts and crafts exhibits.

The annual Community Service Awards will be presented before Saturday's game to youth baseball participants based on their essays honoring Satchel Paige.

Fans at the game can also visit Highmark Legacy Square, an interactive exhibit honoring the Negro Leagues and players from the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords. The exhibit is inside the left-field gate entrance at PNC Park.

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