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First-ever HOF set for early September for Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday announced that Saturday, Sept. 3 will be the date of the team’s inaugural Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

The Pirates will hold a special induction ceremony early that afternoon on PNC Park’s Riverwalk and honor the first-ever Pirates Hall of Fame class on the field prior to their 6:35 p.m. game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The members of the inaugural class of inductees, along with detailed information about the events on Sept. 3 will be announced in early August.

Minor honors

Altoona Curve catcher Henry Davis has been named to the National League roster for the SiriusXM Futures Game, which is slated to take place on 4 p.m. at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, July 16.

So far this year at High-A and Double-A ball, Davis is batting .274 with 11 doubles, two triples, 10 homers, 38 RBI and six stolen bases in 49 games this season. He was selected by the Pirates first overall in 2021 out of Louisville.

Davis becomes the 21st player in franchise history to be selected to the Futures Game following Roansy Contreras’ selection in 2021. He is also the first catcher to represent the Pirates at the Futures Game since Elias Diaz did so in 2015.

In addition to Davis, former Curve pitcher Mike Burrows was also selected to the game. Burrows made 12 starts with Altoona to begin the season going 4-2 with a 2.94 ERA before his promotion to Triple-A Indianapolis on June 16.

This year marks the second straight season that the Pirates have had two players selected to the event after Contreras and Quinn Priester for last season’s game.

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