Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Pittsburgh Pirates: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Pittsburgh Pirates History

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Genuine fans take the best team moments with the less than great, and know that the games that are best forgotten make the good moments truly shine. This monumental book of the Pittsburgh Pirates documents all the best moments and personalities in the history of the team, but also unmasks the regrettably awful and the unflinchingly ugly. In entertaining—and unsparing—fashion, this book sparkles with Pirates highlights and lowlights, from wonderful and wacky memories to the famous and infamous. Such moments ...
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Overview

Genuine fans take the best team moments with the less than great, and know that the games that are best forgotten make the good moments truly shine. This monumental book of the Pittsburgh Pirates documents all the best moments and personalities in the history of the team, but also unmasks the regrettably awful and the unflinchingly ugly. In entertaining—and unsparing—fashion, this book sparkles with Pirates highlights and lowlights, from wonderful and wacky memories to the famous and infamous. Such moments include the final homerun hits of the 1960 World Series by Hal Smith and Bill Mazeroski as well as the drug scandal of the early 1980s. Whether providing fond memories, goose bumps, or laughs, this portrait of the team is sure to appeal to the fan who has been through it all.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572439825
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Series: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 620,747
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John McCollister is a writer whose articles have appeared in publications including the Saturday Evening Post, Boston Globe, Ladies Circle, Entrepreneur, Writer’s Digest, Christian Herald, Family Circle, and Science Digest. He is the author of numerous books, which include Tales from the Pirates Dugout and The Bucs!: The Story of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He lives in Daytona Beach, Florida. Steve Blass is a broadcast announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates and a former Major League Baseball pitcher for the same team. He was part of the 1971 World Series-winning team and he has been named to the All-Star team. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Foreword     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
The Good     1
The 1960 Pirates: The Season, the Game, the Hit     1
Clemente: A Touch of Royalty     11
Holy Pirates     15
The Bad     21
The First World Series     21
When the Pirates Lost the World Series in Batting Practice     27
Stormy Weather     31
What's in a Name?     35
The Ugly     37
A Drug Scandal Rocks Pittsburgh     37
The "Rickey Dinks"     44
In the Clutch     51
The 1909 World Series     51
The 1925 World Series     58
The 1971 World Series     67
First in War     73
For the Good of the Country     74
Numbers Don't Lie (Or Do They?)     76
Pirates Pitching Greats     77
Pirates Home-Run Leaders     81
They Led the League in Hitting     82
RBI Leaders     83
Pirates Power     84
The Fam-A-Lee     86
The Magnificent 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates     86
Hallowed Ground     94
Recreation Park (1887-1890)     95
Exposition Park (1891-1909)     96
A Field Called Forbes (1909-1970)     97
Three Rivers Stadium (1970-2000)     106
PNC Park (2001-Present)     108
Voices from on High     111
Petunia Patches and Green Weenies     111
Sidekicks and Color Guys     122
Memorable Lines by Pirates Broadcasters     128
15 Minutes of Fame     130
All-Time Pirates Greats     135
Pirates Hall of Famers     135
Other Hall of Famers     148
Other Outstanding Bucs     148
Pirates Retired Numbers     162
Daddy Dearest     163
The Owners     163
The General Managers     172
Best and Worst Moves by General Mangers     180
Field Managers     184
Social Progress     199
Changing the Color of the Game     199
Major League Baseball's First All-Minority Lineup     203
The Buc's First Minority Player     205
Sources     207
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