The Pittsburgh Pirates have referred to as Bradenton their second southern residence each spring for the final 50 years.
To rejoice, the staff is kicking off this yr’s spring coaching season in Bradenton with 50 occasions across the metropolis all through the exhibition season.
The “50 Group Celebrations and Acts of Kindness” marketing campaign consists of Pirates gamers, coaches and employees participating in 50 group-pushed occasions throughout their time in Bradenton all through the spring.
Throughout one of many first celebratory occasions, Manatee County’s downtown library put collectively a rotating exhibit of Pirates memorabilia donated by followers of the workforce throughout Manatee County.
“Fifty years? How fast did that go?” former pitcher and present Pirates broadcaster Steve Blass stated on the occasion. “It has been an exquisite experience, and we’re delighted to be right here. It’s all the time good to return again and see the individuals who have cared concerning the Pittsburgh Pirates … Bradenton is our second house.”
Donations of previous baseballs and bats, coaching schedules, jerseys, baseball playing cards and newspaper clippings flooded the glass shows of the exhibit.
Numerous that memorabilia got here from Marian Anderson.