Saturday, June 13, 2015

Altoona Curve to wear Mister Rogers sweater jerseys

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.

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.

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