By: KDKA-TV News Staff
MONESSEN (KDKA) — The city of Monessen is planning to honor National Baseball Hall of Famer Josh Gibson, an accomplished power hitter and catcher, this week.READ MORE: South Side Residents Fed Up With Violence, But Weary On New Restrictions
The city will be partnering with the MLB, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Gibson Foundation for a Historical Marker Ceremony in Page Park at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 22.READ MORE: State Police In Kittanning Searching For Arson Suspect Following Reported Domestic Incident
Gibson, while playing for the Homestead Grays, hit the second-longest home run of his career nearby Page Park on July 24, 1938. He is widely regarded as one of the best hitters in baseball history.
In 2020, officials in Monessen figured out from historical records precisely where Gibson made his home run and will commemorate that event.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Police Investigate Shooting On Same Night South Side Traffic Pattern Began
The ceremony is open to the public, and there will activities and food.