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Hill District field named for Hall of Fame catcher Josh Gibson

| Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 12:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh City Council today changed the name of Ammon Field in the Hill District to honor a National Baseball Hall of Fame catcher who played for Negro League teams the Pittsburgh Crawfords and Homestead Grays in the 1930s and '40s.

The field on Bedford Avenue is now Josh Gibson Field. Council approved the name change in a final vote today.

Gibson played in the Negro League from 1930 to 1946. He's credited with hitting nearly 800 home runs during his career. Gibson, a Georgia native, died in January 1947 in Pittsburgh shortly before the racial integration of professional baseball, according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Gibson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972.

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