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Knights honor past at new home
Murals highlight previous ballparks
 
Published Thursday, March 27, 2014 11:17 am
by Herbert L. White

The Charlotte Knights are giving a nod to pro baseball’s past with murals of former area parks.

The Triple-A franchise unveiled four murals along the South Graham Street side of the new BB&T Ballpark commemorating the four former stadiums. The Knights also detailed plans of events coinciding with the April 11 home opener against Norfolk, starting at 12 p.m. at Romare Bearden Park.

Dating back to 1892, four ballparks have been home to Charlotte minor league baseball: Latta Park, Wearn Field, Griffith Park/Jim Crockett Memorial Park and Knights Castle/Knights Stadium. Knights graphic artist Bill Walker designed the murals, which were painted by N.C. artist Scott Nurkin.

“As we were building BB&T Ballpark and embarking on a new chapter of Charlotte baseball history, we wanted to make sure we tied in the rich tradition of baseball in Charlotte with our new home,” Knights Executive Vice President Dan Rajkowski said. “Scott did a fantastic job painting these murals, and we are very pleased with how they turned out.”

The kickoff rally at Bearden Park will feature the introduction of the 2014 Knights, an autograph session, live bands, jugglers, magicians, an aerial performer and kid-friendly activities. More details on Opening Night festivities at BB&T Ballpark will be announced later.

The Knights will sponsor a Negro League Tribute against Durham on April 15, the date Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. The Knights will wear number 42 on the backs of their jerseys as part of the tribute.

 

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