BASEBALL AND RACE From Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige to Willie Stargell and Barry Bonds, African Americans have played a major role in the history of Pittsburgh baseball. Before Jackie Robinson crossed Major League Baseball’s color line in 1947, the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Homestead Grays dominated the Negro Leagues. In 1971, the Pirates became the first major league team to field an all-black starting lineup. At 7 p.m., Thursday, May 4, Richard “Pete” Peterson presents Pride and Prejudice: The African-American Experience in Pittsburgh Baseball. Peterson is the author of Growing Up with Clemente and Pops: The Willie Stargell Story, editor of The Pirates Reader, an occasional contributor to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the commentator for Reading Baseball on WSIU, Southern Illinois University’s NPR radio station.
RARE BOOK SALE Mt. Lebanon Library’s Book Cellar Used Book Store will host a special sale of good quality books, including rare, unusual and vintage editions in addition to many history related book titles, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 6.
LIVE LATIN MUSIC Join your friends and neighbors for Global Beat, an after-hours cultural get-together at the Mt. Lebanon Library, 4:45 p.m, Saturday, May 6. Each month, in keeping with the year’s theme of diversity and unity, the library will host an event that explores a different country or region of the world with live music, food, dance and conversation with the artists. All ages welcome. In May Latina Productions will perform.
PITTSBURGH SCULPTORS In the 19TH century, Pittsburgh was home to a number of fine sculptors who, although little known today, left an impressive body of work in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, much of which is represented in the monuments at Historic Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville. Art Historian Gary Grimes will discuss these artists, 6:30 p.m, Wednesday, May 17, when he presents Nineteenth Century Sculptors in Pittsburgh. You must register for this class at 412-531-1912. Grimes will then give a tour of Allegheny Cemetery at 2 p.m on the following Saturday, May 20, so participants can see the work of the sculptors. (Grimes will provide directions and information about the tour at the talk.)