The Ronald B. Saunders Project
The Archives of the National Black
July 12, 2011
Members of the National Black Political Caucus met with the chairman and owners of the Pittsburgh Pirate Baseball club relative to getting the Pirates to hire and to promote African Americans and to contract with more African American and female vendors with said ballclub. This meeting occurred on July 7, 1987 and Ronald B. Saunders, chairman of the Caucus, headed up the national delegation of Caucus members.
*Let it be noted that Ronald B. Saunders once had a developmental tryout with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1958 at the old Pullman Park in Butler PA, which was the former home of a New York Yankee farm team that once played in the same ball park. Yankee great hurler White Ford once pitched for the Yankee farm team in Butler PA.
PITTSBURGH BASEBALL CLUB (PIRATES) phone 412-323-5000
July 22, 1987
Mr. John D. Holley
315 Belleview Blvd.
Steubenville, OH, 43952
Dear Mr. Holley:
Your resume was recently given to us by members of the National Black Political Caucus for consideration of openings that we have.
The only opening that we currently have is for Vice President of Public Relations. The emphasis that we are looking for in that position is 60% managerial experience, managing a staff of five persons; print and electronic media relations; community relations; and experience in broadcast industry, particularly in reference to sponsorships and local television network development.
I have passed your resume along with to Jim Meston, who is acting in a personnel screening capacity for the Pirates for this position. He will be contacting you in the near future to explore your background in relationship to the skills that we are looking for.
Thank you very much for your interest in the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bernard J. Mullin
Senior Vice President
cc: Ron Saunders ( NBPC )