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City to Kickoff Ballpark Mural at Appalachian Power Park

August 8, 2022 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Charleston Dirty Birds News Release


CHARLESTON, WV - The City of Charleston Office of Public Art will provide an opportunity for fans at the Charleston Dirty Birds' African American Heritage Night celebration tomorrow, Tuesday, August 9, to help paint a new mural featuring Toni Stone - the first woman to play professional baseball in a major men's professional baseball league. Stone was a West Virginia native who played second base for the Negro League's Indianapolis Clowns in 1953 and the Kansas City Monarchs in 1954. The mural will be displayed at Appalachian Power Park beginning next season.

"A remarkable athlete and a courageous West Virginia woman, Toni Stone overcame many obstacles to achieve her goals and become the first woman to play regular season baseball in a major men's professional baseball league," said Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin. "Through this mural project we have the tremendous opportunity to learn about and celebrate Toni's pioneering spirit and her longstanding baseball legacy."

"Once we learned that the planning committee for the Dirty Birds' African American Heritage Night was looking for a way to pay tribute in some way to Toni Stone, it just made sense for us to plan this project and begin it at this community celebration Tuesday evening," said Jeff Pierson, Charleston's Director of Public Art. "So we will have fans of all ages start the mural by painting the background for it before and during the game that night."

"We are honored to have this historic project begin at our ballpark on African American Heritage Night as one of three different ways our team is honoring the history and legacy of Negro League players that evening," said Dirty Birds owner Andy Shea. "Toni Stone had to overcome two significant barriers to be included in baseball, and her presence at the ballpark will be a reminder that exclusion has no place in baseball now or ever again."

In addition to the Toni Stone mural project, the Dirty Birds will be playing in replica jerseys of the Homestead Grays of the Negro Leagues. The game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off online via Livesource with proceeds benefitting the YWCA Charleston's Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion.

Black By God has produced 500 commemorative baseball cards in honor of West Virginian and Negro League star Harry Kincannon that will be given away to fans Tuesday.

The Dirty Birds' African American Heritage Night, presented by AARP-West Virginia, begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9 at Appalachian Power Park with pregame performances by 8-year-old rap star Lil Jeezy and the Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus. African American Philanthropy in Action is sponsoring the mural painting station at the ballpark Tuesday. The City of Charleston will be providing food vouchers for a free hot dog, bag of chips and soda for the first 500 kids, 14 and under in attendance on Tuesday night.

The Dirty Birds' 2022 season is in full swing with mini plans and individual tickets on sale now. For more information, or to shop the Dirty Birds team store, visit www.dirtybirdsbaseball.com.

The Charleston Dirty Birds are a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball - The first Partner League of Major League Baseball, a player gateway to the major leagues, and a leader in baseball innovation. ALPB has sent over 1,000 players to MLB organizations while drawing 44 million fans to its family friendly ballparks over its 24-year history. For more information visit www.atlanticleague.com.


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