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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2010 > May - August > Outfielder McCutcheon among Pittsburgh Pirates Featured in Display at Little League’s Peter J. McGovern Museum

Outfielder McCutcheon among Pittsburgh Pirates Featured in Display at Little League’s Peter J. McGovern Museum

Outfielder McCutcheon among Pittsburgh Pirates Featured in Display at Little League’s Peter J. McGovern Museum

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Andrew McCutchen, center fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, is considered by some to be on the road for superstardom. He is among the Major League Baseball players featured in the “Pittsburgh Pirates Pride” exhibit that opened this week at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum in South Williamsport, Pa.

Mr. McCutcheon played for the Williamsport Crosscutters in 2005 as he made his way through the Pirates’ minor league affiliates.

Named Baseball America Rookie of the Year for 2009, Mr. McCutcheon finished fourth in the voting for the National League Rookie of the Year Award. His debut with the Pirates was June 4, 2009, and his first career home run was June 17, 2009, against the Minnesota Twins.

Mr. McCutchen is the 10th Pirates player ever to hit three home runs in a single game and the first one to do so during his rookie year. He ended the 2009 season with a .286 batting average, 12 home runs, 54 runs batted in and 22 stolen bases in 108 games.

In the first 62 games McCutchen played for the Pirates this year, he has a batting average of .307, with seven home runs, 19 RBIs, 37 runs and 14 stolen bases.

Born Oct. 10, 1986, Mr. McCutchen played baseball, football and track at Fort Meade High School in Florida. Although he had signed to play baseball at the University of Florida, McCutchen was drafted by the Pirates 11th overall in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft and he signed with Pittsburgh instead of attending the university.

When he played 13 games for the Williamsport Crosscutters, a Short Season A minor league team in Williamsport, Pa., he batted .346. Mr. McCutchen advanced to the Hickory (N.C.) Crawdads before he was called up to the Altoona (Pa.) Curve where he became the youngest player in the history of the club and went on to hit .308 in 20 games with the Curve in 2006, with 17 home runs. He was promoted to the Indianapolis Indians before his debut for the Pirates.

A replica of Mr. McCutchen’s home jersey, his photo, his Pirates’ Topps baseball card and his Williamsport Crosscutters’ baseball card are among the items on display as part of the Pirates’ display.

Also included in the display are items from the 1960, 1971 and 1979 World Series items; authentic current Pirates caps – home, alternate and batting practice; a collection of bobble heads; a lithograph of PNC Park; 1979 Celebration lithograph, and  plaques of National Baseball Hall of Fame award winners.

The formal unveiling of the exhibit is Saturday, June 19, during the museum’s Open House activities.

Admission to the museum during the open house on Saturday is free. In addition to the “Pirates Pride” exhibit, other activities include a book signing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. by Marjorie Maddox, author of “The Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems;” behind-the-scenes tours of the Little League International complex, including portions of the recently renovated headquarters building, at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; a 10:30 a.m. talk by local baseball historian Lou Hunsinger about the “Buccos Billtown Connection,” and a 1 p.m. talk by Salty Ferguson and Joanne McComb, members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, about “Girls CAN Play Baseball.”

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Throughout June, the museum is open Thursday through Saturday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It will be open seven days a week in July and August. The museum is located at 525 Route 15 Highway, 2 miles south of Williamsport along Route 15. It is a 15-minute drive north of Interstate Route 80.

Rates are $5 for adults; $3 for those 62 and older; $1.50 for children between the ages of 5 and 13. There is no fee for children 4 or younger. Group rates and tours are available. The Museum also offers birthday parties and after-hours facility rentals.

The Museum is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days.

For more information, call the museum at (570) 326-3607; visit http://www.LittleLeague.org/Learn_More/museum.htm or follow us on Facebook.