Carnegie Mellon Press Release: February 4, 2004
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Contact:
Teresa Thomas
412-268-2900

For immediate release:
February 4, 2004

Carnegie Mellon Hosts Discussion of Negro Baseball League History on Feb. 17

PITTSBURGH—Sean Gibson, great-grandson of legendary baseball player Josh Gibson, will be presenting "Negro Baseball League History Featuring Josh Gibson" from 6:30-8 p.m. February 17, 2004, at Carnegie Mellon University in the Connan Room of the University Center.

Gibson's presentation is part of a month-long series of events hosted by Carnegie Mellon in celebration of Black History month. It is free and open to the public.

At the age of 16, Josh Gibson had made a name for himself in amateur baseball leagues. When he was 18 he began playing for the powerful Homestead Grays of the Negro National League, and by the time he reached his 30s he was reported to be the greatest batter and homerun hitter of all time. Gibson died at a young age, just three months before Jackie Robinson broke the race barrier and entered major league baseball.

Inspired by the memory of his great-grandfather, entrepreneur Sean Gibson teamed up with his grandfather Josh Gibson, Jr. as senior vice president of the Josh Gibson Foundation. Sean went on to found the Josh Gibson Enterprise, where he serves as president, and Josh Gibson Little League, where he is chief operator. The goal of the Josh Gibson organizations is to provide youth with greater access to education resources, scholarships, support services and training.

Written by Jennifer Miller, MAPW

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