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.
What a wonderful potpourri of memories and research about Pittsburgh sports! This is a page turner, difficult to put down even by those of us who have no ties to Pittsburgh.
Certain traits add to a city's character . . . neighborhood bars, ethnic enclaves, and sports teams. First love usually fades and eventually disappears but not a first love of sports teams, a love that usually remains even after moving away from that area. This book tells the reader about Pittsburgh teams with feeling. If you grew up in New York, you will enjoy reading this book. If you grew up in western Pennsylvania, you will love it.
Having been born and raised in Pittsburgh, and having lived 71 years, I thought I knew a lot about the city's sports history. This book tells me I had barely scratched the surface. Good stuff—revealing and entertaining.
Finally, a collection of stories from a sports-obsessed town that isn't adolescent boosterism. It's a wisely edited offering of memories from our ballfields and grandstands.
Pittsburgh Sports is about what it means to be a fan, about sporting, loyalties handed down from parent to child. It is about a shared experience of thes events, our memories of them and the stories they provide.
if you're looking for a considered, meticulous history of Pittsburgh sports, extracted from the familiar treatments it might get from recovering jocks and the unrecovering sports press, this volume is the suitable quencher for that . . . highly specialized thirst.
If you are Pittsburgh sports fan, this is a book you can't put down.
Finally, a collection of stories from a sports obsessed town that isn't adolecent boisteriam. It's a wisely edited offering of memories from our ballfields and grandstands.
After reading the collection of essays in Pittsburgh Sports, comlpiled by Randy Roberts, I felt the pain of fans reminiscing about the ugly years- the Pirates of the '50s and the Steelers of any year before 1972. Highlights of the collection include a piece on the most ill-fated of the pro franchises, the Pipers, which won the upstart American Basketball Association's inaugural crown and disbanded two years later. The news isn't all bad in Pittsburgh Sports, ..but the message is clear: Enjoy your winning seasons, sports fans, because they don't come along all the time.
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.learn more