The Altoona Curve (Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates) will bring back a lot of childhood memories when they hold a special throwback-jersey night in an upcoming game.
The Curve will be hosting "A Night in the Neighborhood" on July 5, a special promotion to give the fans a chance to raise money for charity — and pay tribute to Mister Rogers. During the game against the Harrisburg Senators, the Altoona players and coaches will be wearing special sweater jerseys — the kind of cardigan the soft-spoken Fred Rogers made famous.
It's only fitting since Rogers launched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood at a small television station in nearby Pittsburgh in 1966. It began airing two years later on PBS stations throughout much of the country — and his sweater became synonymous with the popular kid's show.July 5th is A Night in the Neighborhood w/Daniel Tiger + Mister Rogers' Sweater Jerseys. Be ours? #NeighborhoodNight pic.twitter.com/CD8fTVlQXI— Altoona Curve (@AltoonaCurve) June 11, 2015
In December 2000, Rogers, wearing his iconic sweater, taped his final episode, though PBS aired original programs until August 2001.
But good news for a new legion of little fans, Daniel Tiger will also be in attendance at the game for them to meet and greet them.