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.
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!