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September 18, 2015

A “Great Base Ball Tournament”

The long-forgotten “Great Base Ball Tournament” played Sept. 18 and 19, 1865 marked the first time an out-of-town club visited the area, the first time a bleacher structure was built for fan seating locally, and likely the first time fans were charged admission to see a game.

August 5, 2015

From Stands to Stadium: Josh Gibson

A plaque in the National Baseball Hall of Fame credits Negro League slugger Josh Gibson with “almost 800 home runs,” earning him his popular nickname the “Black Babe Ruth.” Considered the greatest slugger in Negro League history, perhaps it is more fulfilling to call Babe Ruth the “White Josh Gibson.”

June 19, 2015

Michael Musmanno and the Nuremberg Trials

Pittsburgh judge Michael Musmanno presided in one of the Nuremberg Trials after WWII. The trials prosecuted mid-level Nazi officials who carried out war crimes and implemented Nazi policies in Nuremberg, Germany.