Whistling Irishman: Danny Murtaugh Remembered

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If you're a Pirate fan of a certain age, you know exactly where you were when Maz hit the homerun that won the 1960 World Series. If you weren't around then, you've heard your parents or grandparents reminisce about that magical season. Now you can know the inspiring story behind the man who led the Pirates out of the basement and into the spotlight. Through hustle, determination, and strength of character, Danny Murtaugh scraped his way out of poverty and became a two-time World Championship manager. He was ...
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Overview

If you're a Pirate fan of a certain age, you know exactly where you were when Maz hit the homerun that won the 1960 World Series. If you weren't around then, you've heard your parents or grandparents reminisce about that magical season. Now you can know the inspiring story behind the man who led the Pirates out of the basement and into the spotlight. Through hustle, determination, and strength of character, Danny Murtaugh scraped his way out of poverty and became a two-time World Championship manager. He was universally admired and respected by all who knew him - as a baseball player and manager, as a soldier in World War II, as a neighbor in his hometown. How did this boy who was so small that no uniform fit him become the man who instilled a culture of winning in the Pirates? Find out in The Whistling Irishman: Danny Murtaugh Remembered. Packed with memories from family, friends, teammates, players, and fans, The Whistling Irishman will delight baseball fans of any age.
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What People Are Saying

Bruce Markusen
..."Danny Murtaugh remains one of the most underappreciated of all the great managers in baseball history. As terrifically as he performed in his leadership of Pirate players over the span of four different tenures, he gained even higher stature as a man of character. Colleen Hroncich does a wonderful job in portraying both sides of Danny Murtaugh--the baseball man and the dignified gentleman. In delivering the first in-depth biography of The Whistling Irishman, Hroncich provides more evidence of Murtaugh's deserving place in the Hall of Fame. If there's any justice in the baseball world, Murtaugh will eventually have a plaque in Cooperstown, located just a few hundred feet from this book's place in the Hall of Fame Library."--(Bruce Markusen, historian and author of eight baseball books)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935592990
  • Publisher: Sports Challenge Network
  • Publication date: 3/28/2010
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 943,062
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Colleen Walton Hroncich, Danny Murtaugh's granddaughter, is a full-time mother of four: Maggie, Sean, Erin, and Maura. Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Colleen bleeds black and gold. With her son Sean's help, she has converted her husband Brian from a New York Yankee fan to a Pittsburgh Pirate fan. They currently reside in Cranberry Township, PA.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2010

    biography that is a real page-turner

    This book is about Danny Murtaugh. It includes chapters
    about the Pirates World Series wins in 1960 vs Casey Stengel's
    New York Yankees and 1971 vs Earl Weaver's Baltimore Orioles.

    The Whistling Irishman's (Murtaugh) story is similar to that of many
    pre-World War II baseball players, and I am sure reflective of others of that era who came back from the war in other fields of work.

    Murtaugh's life from his scavenging for coal dropped from trains to his
    success in baseball is both inspiring and informative. The heroics of Bill Mazeroski, Roberto Clemente, and the rest of those Pirated merely put
    the cherry on top of the sundae.

    I enjoyed the anecdotes about Kiner, Kuroski, Rojek, Joost,
    Blass, Law, and a host of others.

    This book is hard to put down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2010

    Wish I'd known him!

    I'm too young to remember the Murtaugh era, but I've heard about it all my life. I got this book for my dad, but I thought I'd flip through it first. I ended up reading it straight through! His granddaughter is right -- Danny Murtaugh lived a very inspirational life. I feel like I know him now. If you're a baseball fan, a Pirate fan, or just someone who likes a good story -- this book is for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    The Whistling Irishman - Danny Murtaugh Remembered

    I have been a lifelong fan of the Pirates, so I found this book to be very worthwhile. For anyone who likes the Pirates, this book makes a very nice keepsake, especially for those who like to reminisce about the 1960 and 1971 World Series Championship teams.

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