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The Legend Behind the Plate: The Josh Gibson Story Thursday, April 21st at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV

April 12, 2011

George Hazimanolis

Maria Pisano

The Legend Behind the Plate: The Josh Gibson Story
Thursday, April 21st at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV

PITTSBURGH—WQED-TV, Pittsburgh's award winning local television station, today announced that they will broadcast The Legend Behind the Plate: The Josh Gibson Story on Thursday, April 21st at 8 p.m. with underwriting provided by PNC. Gibson, who was a legendary catcher for the Negro League, Pittsburgh Crawfords and Homestead Grays baseball teams in the 1930s and 40s, is regarded as a trailblazer for the inclusion of African-Americans in baseball. He died at the early age of 35 in 1947. Three months later, Jackie Robinson took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers as the first black man to play for Major League Baseball. Gibson is regarded as a local hero since he played and grew up right here in Pittsburgh.

"The airing of this documentary is extremely important to my family and the legacy of my great grandfather," said Sean Gibson, Gibson's great grandson and Executive Director of the Josh Gibson Foundation. "Negro league players like Josh Gibson paved the way and played a major role in the history of America's national past time and we at the foundation feel that it is a story that must be told. We are extremely grateful to WQED-TV and PNC for airing the documentary."

With 800 career homeruns, Gibson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, the second year that African-Americans were eligible. Often an untold story, Gibson’s life and contributions to America’s favorite past-time are explored in this documentary produced by Duquesne University students and professors. In 2010 The Legend Behind the Plate: The Josh Gibson Story was recognized with a Telly Award.

This year, the Josh Gibson Foundation is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Gibson's birth, December 21, 1911 – 2011.

The Josh Gibson Foundation
is a private 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation which was established in 1994 by Josh Gibson Jr. The Foundation’s goal is to establish a history and learning center in the Pittsburgh area that will reach out to the families and youth of the community on which Josh Gibson left his mark. Currently, the Foundation manages educational programs that are being conducted within the City of Pittsburgh through partnerships with PNC, Duquesne University, City of Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation, Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pirates, and other regional partners. These programs focus on after school reading, tutoring, and computer skills training.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.
( is one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. Follow @PNCNewson Twitter for breaking news, updates and announcements from PNC.

WQED Pittsburgh, honored with the 2007 and 2006 Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Award for Station Excellence, was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQEX-TV (A ShopNBC affiliate); Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (; and The WQED Education Department.

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Key Contacts

George Hazimanolis
Senior Director of
Corporate Communications


Maria Pisano
Marketing Associate


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