Pittsburgh Sports: Stories from the Steel City

Pittsburgh Sports: Stories from the Steel City

by Randy Roberts (Editor)

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Overview

Summer afternoons at Forbes Field, playoff Sundays with the Steelers, winter nights at the Igloo cheering for Mario and the Penguins: Pittsburgh Sports captures all that and more. With stories from sports fans, historians, and former athletes, Pittsburgh Sports mixes personal experiences with team histories to capture the full range of what it means to be a sports fan—in Pittsburgh, or, by extension, anywhere.

A book that can be read cover-to-cover, or in bits and pieces, Pittsburgh Sports includes chapters on the ill-fated Pittsburgh Pipers, who won the American Basketball Association’s first championship, then folded four years later; the Pittsburgh Crawfords and the Homestead Grays, perennial Negro League powerhouses; Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Jim Kelly, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, and other legends of western Pennsylvania high school football; boxing’s illustrious past in the Iron City; football reminiscences by a former Steelers punter; and the ups and downs of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822957737
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 09/22/2002
Series: Library of Pittsburgh Sports History
Edition description: 1
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 765,906
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Randy Roberts, professor of history at Purdue University, is the author or editor of fourteen books, including Pittsburgh Sports: Stories from the Steel City. He is the recipient of the Ray and Pat Browne Award from the Popular Culture Association.

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1.Between The Whale and Death6
2.Rinky Dinks and The Single Wing25
3.Reflections on the Pre-Renaissance Steelers47
4.Pittsburgh Poison: The Waner Boys76
5."I Lived Baseball": Harold Tinker and the Pittsburgh Crawfords93
6.Let's Go Bucs! Home, Family, and the Pittsburgh Pirates110
7.An Unforgettable Team That Pittsburgh Forgot126
8.How A New Yorker Came to Love the Penguins157
9.Baseball in the Age of Disco: Race, Respect, and the Pittsburgh Pirates187
10.Coal, Steel, and Gridiron: High School Football in the Pittsburgh Area214
11.Art Rooney and the Pittsburgh Steelers243
Notes263
Index277

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