New book traces history of Butler’s historic Pullman Park

If you grew up or live near Butler, most probably you are familiar with Pullman Park. Perhaps you attended a baseball game there as a kid, or have taken your grandchildren to a game. The park has been in existence for more than 85 years. Now, its rich history is being told in a newly … Read more…

Rare autographs of Pittsburgh Pirate Hall of Famer found in local attic

Baseball Hall of Fame baseball player and Pittsburgh Pirate All-Star/MVP Paul Waner was a fan favorite in the 1920 and 1930s. Waner was elected to the All-Star game in 1933, 1934, 1935 and 1937. Number 11 (which graced the uniform of Waner) has been retired by the Pittsburgh Pirates and his number hangs at PNC … Read more…

Have you tried Western Square Dancing?

Potential dancers are invited to take part in the following events. No experience needed; we teach you. Singles, couples and families are welcome. Most are free. Light refreshments available; casual dress. North Hills September 5 Free Buddy Night of dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, 1965 Ferguson Rd., Allison Park. … Read more…

Connie Hawkins

Although I am a sports fan, I have not generally followed the NBA. For most of my life I have followed college basketball. The reason is that Pittsburgh, my birth city is not a basketball town, it is a hockey town. The NBA has never had a team in Pittsburgh. During the 1960s, however, Pittsburgh … Read more…

Gift Ngoepe

I have been a Pittsburgh Pirate fan since 1958. This year the Pirates have been inconsistent. The last two nights (Tuesday and Wednesday) however, have been interesting. Because of injuries the Bucs have brought up several young players from the minor leagues. The interesting part of the story is that two of those players are … Read more…

Home opener was 4-7-17

The Pittsburgh Pirates home opener was April 7. Two Pirates stars during the 1950s were pitchers Bob Friend and Elroy Face. Friend’s best year was 1955 when he had the best Earned Run Average in the National League, while playing for the last place team. Face was the premier reliever in the Major Leagues in … Read more…

Julius Pegues

The NCAA Tournament was in Tulsa this March. For the first time that I can remember I did not have tickets to an event like this. I could have purchased tickets in November on a pre-sale opportunity but I passed for some reason. Teams such as Baylor, Kansas, SMU are playing this weekend at the … Read more…

Some of my favorite moments in Pittsburgh sports history

Roberto Clemente I have a friend who is a big baseball fan. He likes to boast that in his younger days, he had the chance to watch Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Duke Snider play centerfield. I must admit that I am a bit jealous. I can say that I witnessed Mays play against the … Read more…

From Forbes Field to opening day at Three Rivers Stadium

By Henry Peter Gribbin For Pittsburgh Senior News On a cool and overcast day—April 7, 1970—a fellow classmate and I snuck out of Pittsburgh’s Central Catholic High School and made our way across Oakland to Forbes Field. It was opening day, the last opening day in Forbes Field history. The Pirates were playing the New … Read more…

Pittsburgh’s Billy Conn fought Joe Louis for heavyweight crown

  Some years back, it wasn’t uncommon to see a certain tall, stately looking gentleman walking throughout the Squirrel Hill area. Whenever this fellow saw me in my front yard, either raking leaves or mowing the lawn, he would stop and say hello. I always enjoyed these little encounters with the late Billy Conn, and … Read more…