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Articles by Charlie Vascellaro

Freelance baseball/travel writer Charlie Vascellaro is the author of four books including a biography of Hank Aaron (Greenwood/ABC-Clio 2004) specializing in social and cultural affairs. His is a frequent contributor to and numerous Arizona spring training publications. His writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Arizona Republic newspapers and the National Baseball Hall of Fame's La Vida Baseball website. His most recent book; At the Ballpark: A Fans Companion is how-to guide for teaching children to understand watching and enjoying baseball and can be found at


Historian's Corner

Josh Gibson’s Story Given Operatic Treatment in Pittsburgh:
“The Summer King,” at the Intersection of Baseball and Opera

Near the top of a sloping hillside at the northern end of the sprawling 300-acre Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh, the modest marker of Negro Leagues baseball slugger Josh Gibson is not even visible from the asphalt roadside at the bottom of the hill.

There is a small sign by the side of the road informing as to the location of Gibson’s grave, but you have to climb the hill to get a look at his 16-inch x 22-inch surface-level gravestone.

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