'History Detectives' episode about Forbes Field game airs Aug. 23
A historic integrated baseball game at Forbes Field will be the subject of an episode of "History Detectives" that airs Aug. 23 on WQED.
A camera crew from the show visited Pittsburgh in May. They filmed investigator Tukufu Zuberi as he tried to uncover the facts behind an exhibition game that was played on Oct. 8, 1946, between the Jackie Robinson All-Stars and the Honus Wagner All-Stars.
The game had particular significance since it featured black and white players and occurred six months before Robinson broke the color barrier as second baseman with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
The only clue was a red-and-white scorecard from the game, which was submitted to the show by Jason Mishelow of Milwaukee.
The episode will feature Zuberi sorting through old copies of the Pittsburgh Courier at the Carnegie Library in Oakland and talking with author and baseball historian Timothy Gay at PNC Park. Zuberi is director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
"History Detectives" traces the stories behind artifacts and heirlooms submitted by viewers. The Pittsburgh segment, titled "Jackie Robinson All-Stars," airs at 9 p.m.
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