Pontiac Field

Looking Glass Art Project artists Tom Ferraro and Ed Grout teamed up with local artist Ron Bayuzick to create a installation on the backstop of “Pontiac Field” to commemorate the role of Erie’s African American community in the rich history of baseball in Erie, Pa.  Working with local historian, Johnny Johnson and city councilman, Mel Witherspoon, the artists chose to feature Sam Jethroe, a star in the Negro Leagues and the National League rookie of the year while playing for the Boston Braves in 1950.  The mural also references Satchel Paige and Curtis Granderson, two prominent  major leaguers whose achievements on the diamond are also a part of Erie baseball lore.  The mural is designed to not only capture the nostalgia of baseball’s past, but also inspire kids to want to pick up a bat and glove and play the game.  This project was sponsored by the Our West Bayfront neighborhood organization and is located at Bayview Park.