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Program Update - June 2024

On Tuesday, June 18, 2024, Bob Fulton will present his book, Burial at Home Plate: An Oddball History of the Pittsburgh Pirates at 6:30PM in the museum. Come join HGSIC as Bob Fulton shares a unique look at the Pittsburgh Pirates focusing on unusual moments in the team’s history.  Learn about “the pitcher who earned a victory while taking a nap, a rookie who struck out while sitting on the bench, the indoor game that was rained out,” and many other peculiar occurrences involving the Pirates.


Bob resides in Indiana and his love of writing has led him to accomplish the publication of five books and several sport related magazine features.   He is a contributing editor for the IUP magazine, a researcher and writer for the IUP Athletic Hall of Fame, and he writes sports and travel articles for The Indiana Gazette.


While working at The Indiana Gazette as a sports writer for many years Bob’s talents helped him to earn numerous awards.  These include: the Pennsylvania Associative Press Managing Editors Award, Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Keystone Award, and the Golden Quill Award.


Bob’s love for the Pittsburgh Pirates started the day his father, who was an usher at Forbes Field, caught a foul ball barehanded and proudly gave it to him.  His passion continued to grow over the years and he shares this in his book with facts, feats, and firsts in Pittsburgh Pirate history.


HGSIC congratulates Bob for his induction to The Indiana Sports Hall of Fame.  If you are Pittsburgh Pirate fan, we hope to see you at the presentation of Bob Fulton’s Burial at Home Plate:  An Oddball History of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  This book will be available for purchase and can be autographed.  Please RSVP for planning purposes.


Join the Summer in the Park Series on Sunday, June 30, 2024, from 5:30PM-7:00PM, for a big band concert sponsored by the Northern Appalachian Folk Fest. This concert, featuring The Wally Gingers Orchestra is part of the 25th Community based event under NAFFInc.org.  HGSIC is partnering with NAFF to bring this big band sound to Memorial Park for your enjoyment.  Donations for the concert series are being accepted and made payable to NAFFInc.org


George E. Tajc formed the band in the late 1930’s and had his big start at the Ivory Ballroom in his hometown of Uniontown, PA.   He then decided to take the professional name, Wally Gingers.  Over the years, the orchestra performed thousands of engagements and regularly played at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City and the Sunnybrook Ballroom in Pottstown, PA.

In 1990 Wally Gingers unexpectedly passed away and the band retired his original  arrangements.  Wally’s daughter, Clare Copenhaven, brought back “The Big Band Sound” of the Wally Gingers Orchestra in 2010. This band is Western Pennsylvania’s only remaining original “Big Band” from the 1940’s.


Come to Memorial Park and listen to the band performing hits from Glenn Miller, The Dorsey Brothers, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, and many other musical and vocal selections from the 1940’s.  In case of inclement weather, the concert will relocate to the museum at HGSIC.  This event is free and open to the public.

 


 

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