In the deciding game of the 1992 National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves, the Pittsburgh Pirates suffered the most dramatic and devastating loss in team history when former Pirate Sid Bream slid home with the winning run. Bream’s infamous slide ended the last game played by Barry Bonds in a Pirates uniform and sent the franchise reeling into a record twenty-season losing streak. The Slide tells the story of the myriad events, beginning with the aftermath of the 1979 World Series, which led to the fated 1992 championship game and beyond. It describes the city’s near loss of the team in 1985 and the major influence of Syd Thrift and Jim Leyland in developing a dysfunctional team into a division champion. The book gives detailed accounts of the 1990, 1991, and 1992 division championship seasons, the critical role played by Kevin McClatchy in saving the franchise in 1996, and summarizes the twenty losing seasons before the Pirates finally broke the curse of “the slide” in 2013, with their first playoff appearance since 1992.
About the Author
Stephen Peterson has worked as a teacher and screenwriter for the last ten years. He resides in Los Angeles, CA.
Table of ContentsContents Preface Acknowledgments Chapter One. The Decline and Fall of the Pirates Family: The 1980–1985 Seasons Chapter Two. The Unknowns Syd Thrift and Jim Leyland: The 1986–1989 Seasons Chapter Three. Leyland and Barry Bonds Lead the Way: The 1990 Season Chapter Four. The Pirates Take on the Nasty Boys: The 1990 National League Championship Series Chapter Five. Winning the Division, after Losing Sid Bream: The 1991 Season Chapter Six. Too Much Steve Avery: The 1991 National League Championship Series Chapter Seven. Barry Bonds’s Last Hurrah: The 1992 Season Chapter Eight. Sid Bream’s Slide into History: The 1992 National League Championship Series Chapter Nine. The Pirates Slide into History: The 1993–2010 Seasons Chapter Ten. Hurdle, McCutchen, and the End of the Slide: The 2011–2013 Seasons Notes Selected Bibliography Index