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Bye-bye Steelers

May 19, 2020

Growing up in Pittsburgh, my world revolved around the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh’s hockey team, the Hornets.

Even before Myron Cope started the Steeler’s “Terrible Towel” movement in 1975, another sportscaster, Bob Prince, started waving a white towel to urge on Don Hoak as the Pirates went into the 1960 World Series.

Long before I started undergraduate classes at Pitt, I sold papers in Forbes Field.  Before Night Games, I could catch fly balls hit over the outfield fence and sell them to parents entering the park. Dale Long, Roberto Clemente, Branch Rickey, Bob Prince and his predecessor Rosy Rowswell were my heroes.

Well, Forbes Field was shuttered and two new stadia were built at public expense in the downtown area, one for the Steelers and one for the Pirates. Now, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the future of Heinz Field is in question. This is another sign of how aspects of normal life will be disrupted by this damnable virus!

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