Aug 26, 2013
PITTSBURGH - University of Pittsburgh head baseball coach Joe Jordano was honored with a G.I.B.S.O.N. award, presented by the Josh Gibson Foundation, at the 2013 Negro League Gala this past weekend.
"To be honored by the Josh Gibson Foundation, an organization that carries the name and the legacy of one of the best players to ever play the game, and to be on the same program with Roberto Clemente was simply amazing," Jordano said. "To have the opportunity to speak with Manny Sanguillen, Grant Jackson, Luis Clemente and Negro League stars Ted Toles and Pedro Sierra was a memorable night for me and my family." nbsp;
Jordano received the honor for his contributions to the game of baseball in the city of Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities.
Each year the Josh Gibson Foundation celebrates members of the Pittsburgh community who have shown exception leadership and commitment in the fields of Government, Civil Service, Business, Education, Community Service and Sports.
"I was extremely honored to share such a memorable evening with Kirk Bruce, whose father was a highly acclaimed player for the Homestead Grays, and his family," Jordano said.
"I have always had a great respect for the Negro League players as they played for the pure love of the game," Jordano continued. "I had the opportunity to get to know Sam "The Jet" Jethroe, one of the fastest players in all of baseball, and had the opportunity to meet the legendary Cool Papa Bell, historic names in the game that I love."
The Josh Gibson Foundation's goal is to provide the type of access that Josh Gibson never enjoyed with the creation of facilities and baseball fields dedicated to the youth of the Pittsburgh community. The Foundation has also evolved into an organization dedicated to providing a variety of academic and athletic programs that allow the next Josh Gibson to reach his or her potential. For more information on the Josh Gibson Foundation please visit their official website.