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March 26, 2004:  A piece of living history has come to Newark with the addition of Pedro "Pete" Sierra to the Bears' coaching staff.  Sierra, a native of Cuba, came to the United States in 1954 at the age of sixteen.  He played in the Negro leagues, where he was an All-Star in 1956.  He also played in the organization of the Washington Senators, who became the Minnesota Twins.  His professional career spanned 22 years, including stints in the Canadian Provincial League, the Mexican League, and the Dominican Republic. Sierra served as an infantry specialist in the US Army from 1959 to 1962, and was the star pitcher on the Army team that won the 4th Army Championship in 1961. He left professional baseball in 1976, and remained out of the sport until Joe Klein, who managed Sierra in 1970 and 1971 and is now president of the Atlantic League, called upon him last year.

In 2003, Sierra served a full year as pitching coach for the Road Warriors, and we are fortunate to have him with the Bears this season.

Newark Bears Fan interviewed this gentle, articulate giant earlier this week and will post the interview shortly.  This interview will be available on the web only at www.NewarkBearsFan.com!


Pedro "Pete" Sierra

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