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Premiere Set for The Legend Behind the Plate: The Josh Gibson Story

The story of Negro Leagues slugger Josh Gibson, who has been called the greatest baseball player of his day, has been captured in a new documentary by Duquesne University students that will benefit the Pittsburgh-based Josh Gibson Foundation.

The hour-long documentary, The Legend Behind the Plate: The Josh Gibson Story, has been produced by undergraduates in a journalism and multimedia arts class taught by Dr. Dennis Woytek, assistant professor, and Mike Clark, adjunct professor. The documentary is narrated by Pittsburgh broadcasting legend and DU alumnus Bill Hillgrove and created in cooperation with the Josh Gibson Foundation.

Gibson, who led the National Negro League in home runs for 10 consecutive years, played for the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Homestead Grays from 1927 to 1946, which were racially segregated years in sports and American life.

Previous documentaries have focused on the Negro Leagues, but none specifically on Gibson, who died three months before Jackie Robinson broke major league baseball’s color barrier.

When: 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13

Where: Power Center Ballroom, Duquesne University campus

**If you are planning to attend, please contact Public Affairs for parking arrangements.

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