Following the SABR Forbes Field Chapter meeting — from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh — interested guests will meet at 4:00 p.m. at Calvary Cemetery (718 Hazelwood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA). Galvin is the third grave marked by the SABR 19th Century Grave Baseball Marker Project. The dedication ceremony will feature a bio of Galvin, prepared by his biographer Chip Martin, as well as other baseball notables and members of the Galvin family.
Galvin was the first professional to pitch a perfect game, on August 17, 1876. He was also the first pitcher to reach the 300-win milestone. Galvin was a durable workhorse who often pitched more than 400 innings in a season. His career began in St. Louis and Buffalo before he finally settled in Pittsburgh. He joined the Alleghenys in 1885 when they were members of the American Association, and he made the move with the team to the NL in 1887. For years Galvin’s grave bore only a cracked, ground-flush marker with no information other than his name. The new stone highlights his career accomplishments and features artwork by noted baseball artist, Dick Perez.
All baseball fans are welcome to attend.