Washingon, D.C., hotel shows Josh Gibson exhibit
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Josh Gibson waits to bat in Washington's Griffith Stadium.
Information: www.renaissancemayflower.com or www.joshgibson.org.
On and off the baseball field, Josh Gibson was a Pittsburgher. But Washington, D.C., claims him, too, since his Homestead Grays also played often in that city's Griffith Stadium.
A Josh Gibson exhibit at Washington's historic Mayflower Hotel recognizes the Negro League slugger's ties to the city, where the Grays routinely drew more fans than the Senators.
"We consider D.C. Josh Gibson's second home. They loved the Grays. People want to see teams that win -- black or white," said Sean Gibson, 37, his great-grandson and director of the local Josh Gibson Foundation.
Mr. Gibson supplied old photos, news clippings, plaques from the American and Mexican baseball halls of fame and a replica jersey and bat for the exhibit.
The display, which is open to the public, is on the mezzanine of the 82-year-old hotel, which has hosted the inaugural ball for nearly every president since Calvin Coolidge. Originally scheduled to end next Saturday, the exhibit may be held over through July 8.
First Published June 22, 2007 9:55 am