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6:35 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Pirates, Volquez Fall Flat in Wild-Card Loss to San Francisco Giants

Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Justin Wilson is removed by manager Clint Hurdle, right, in the sixth inning the NL wild-card playoff baseball game against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday in Pittsburgh.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates believe they're building something special. The San Francisco Giants provided a reminder that much work remains to be done before a contender becomes a champion.

Geared up for another run at "Buctober," Pittsburgh's postseason journey lasted all of 3 hours, 12 minutes, just long enough for Madison Bumgarner and the Giants to overpower the Pirates for an 8-0 victory in the NL wild-card game Wednesday night.

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Pittsburgh Pirates
4:25 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Present and Former Pirates Unite for Playoff Rally in Market Square

Pittsburghers flooded Market Square for the rally.
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“I’ve done a little bit of research: the old, old pirates back in the old days, whenever they made somebody walk the plank, it was on a Wednesday night – so welcome to Pittsburgh you San Francisco Giants!”

The crowd that had flooded Market Square at noontime Tuesday erupted into cheers as Steve Blass, former Pirates pitcher, made his threat and then walked off the stage.

Such was the tone of the rally, which was declared “Pittsburgh Pirates Pride Day,” as the city prepared for the wild-card game against the San Francisco Giants Wednesday.

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Arts & Culture
12:21 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Two Musicals Trace The Life of Roberto Clemente

Two musicals are currently exploring the life of Pittsburgh Pirates legend Roberto Clemente.
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Roberto Clemente died on Dec. 31, 1972, but you’d never know it from the hundreds of people who show up to Pirates games wearing jerseys with his name and number — 21 — printed on them. 

Now two musicals will trace the life of "The Great One" from his childhood in Puerto Rico to his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates from the mid-50’s to his untimely death at age 38.

Composer Alki Steriopoulous to spend nearly a decade writing a musical about Clemente.

It's called "21."

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:16 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

No No: A Dockumentary Comes to the Harris Theater

Movie poster for No No, which premieres Friday, September 5th at the Harris Theater downtown.
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No No: A Dockumentary is opening in Pittsburgh, Saturday night at the Harris Theater.

The film tells the story of former Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis, who pitched a no-hitter on June 12, 1970 - supposedly while under the influence of LSD. After retiring he became a counselor, helping other addicts in their recoveries. Hear from director Jeffrey Radice and view the film trailer.

Essential Pittsburgh
1:55 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Fall Travel -- with a “Sports” Theme

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Summer may be winding down, but with autumn comes plenty of fun for Pittsburgh sports fans. Travel contributor Elaine Labalme offers up some travel ideas for the fall with a distinctly “sports” theme.

Whether it’s a college football game, a little pre-season hockey, or taking a one-tank trip to follow the Pirates, she talks about travel destinations that are sure to please sports fans and their families.

Check out some of the highlights she suggests:

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:44 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

An Assassination of Character

In addition to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Fritz Ostermueller played for the Boston Red Sox, pictured here.
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The movie “42” tells the story of Jackie Robinson's first season in the big leagues. The film also portrays former Pirates pitcher Fritz Ostermueller, unfairly cast as a racist.

The movie shows Ostermueller beaning Robinson in the head, which never happened. Baseball writer Richard “Pete” Peterson talks about the unfortunate depiction and how the situation really happened.

He says that Robinson was never hit in the head his entire career.

“None of that happened. The pitch actually hit Robinson in the wrist. He was stunned for a moment, the Dodgers thought that perhaps it had hit him in the head, but it hadn’t. He dusted himself off, he trotted down to first base, and the game went on. He stayed in the game, he delivered a base hit, he had a bunt single, he played the rest of the season.”

Peterson describes how the inaccurate depiction of Ostermueller has affected his family.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:43 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

100 Things About the Pirates Every Fan Should Know

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A new generation of Pirates fans were born with their successful run into the postseason last fall. In 100 Things Pirates Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, a new book written by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sunday sports editor Steve Ziants, assembles various facts, traditions and achievements to educate and entertain true fans, or the new wave of fans jumping onboard. Mr. Ziants was in studio to discuss the “ultimate resource guide for true Pirates fans.”

“This is a history book that isn’t told in chronological order, we tell it from the most important to maybe the most obscure, but still stories that have a good texture to them, or maybe have a nice twist. As I’ve told people before, a lot of things Pirates fans forgot they knew, or maybe forgot they remembered.”

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Community
7:42 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Pittsburgh Conference Aims to Help Dads Reach Their Full Potential

More than one-third of all U.S. children grow up without their fathers, according to the U.S. Department of Census.

That’s a statistic that Urban Impact, a faith-based community organization in Pittsburgh, wants to change.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:50 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Former Pirate Dick Groat Revisits 1960 World Series Win

Dick Groat helped to earn the first World Series he had ever seen the Pirates win.
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As the 1960 World Series exhibit continues at the Heinz History Center, we spoke with former Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Dick Groat, who was the National League's Most Valuable Player during that memorable season.

Much of his memorabilia, including his jersey worn that season, is included in the exhibit. At one point in his career, Groat played in both the NBA and the Major Leagues and was an All-American basketball player at Duke University.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:46 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Is Video Replay in Major League Baseball Worth the Wait?

A challenge flag is thrown, the Major League Baseball officials talk to the coach who throws it, and one official goes to a screen and reviews the play. The official comes back and rules the runner out at first base.

That scene can and did happen at the Pirates' opening day Major League Baseball game, thanks to new rule changes that have increased the use of video replay in umpiring.

Are all of these replays really necessary or is it not worth the price of slowing down the game? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak has covered the Pirates for many years and shared his opinion on the hot topic.

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Vox Pop
6:21 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Watch: At Opening Day, Pirates Fans Share Expectations For This Season

Fans pose for a picture outside PNC Park Monday. With a 1-0 win over the Cubs, things appear to be off to a good start for the Bucs fans.
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Following their first playoff appearance in more than 20 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates hosted the Chicago Cubs on Opening Day Monday.

Fans flooded the North Shore for the game, with some stopping to share some thoughts on what they expect from their team this season.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:05 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Pirates Baseball: Looking at Winning Seasons Past and Hopes for the Present

The exhibit at the Heinz History Center that commemorates the year the Pirates won with a walk-off home run in Game 7 of the World Series over the New York Yankees.
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The 1960 World Series Champions Commemorated at the Heinz History Center

The 2014 baseball season opens Monday. Coming off their first winning season in years, hopes are high for the Pirates.

An exhibit of one of the greatest moments in the team’s history just opened at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

On display are artifacts from Bill Mazeroski’s ninth inning home run, which led to the defeat of the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:53 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

New Book About The Life of a Pirates Fan Touches on the Ups and Downs

Fans walking across the Roberto Clemente Bridge, heading to a Pirates game.
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2013 marked the first time in two decades, the Pirates finally had a winning baseball season.

What does it mean to the psyche of a city to end the longest consecutive season losing streak in the history of the four major professional sports leagues?

Writer Charlie Wilmoth attempts to answer that question in his newly published book Dry Land, Winning After 20 Years At Sea With The Pittsburgh Pirates.

Wilmoth grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia and says he has always felt a special connection to Pittsburgh. He has been writing about the Pirates for the past 10 years and explained what it was like to be a Buccos fan during the losing streak.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:40 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Best Pittsburgh Sports Moments of 2013

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From the Pirates' first winning season in two decades to the decline of the Steelers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak looks at the top sports stories in the region for 2013.

Included on the list, the possibility of three state high school football championships for area teams and the first ever Frozen Four College Hockey Tournament in Pittsburgh.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:32 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Buccos and Game 5 - The Legacy of Buctober

Carmen Gentile is a war reporter who's worked for USA Today, the New York Times, TIME and other news outlets. He recently traded his combat helmet for a Buccos cap to report on the Pirates.
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Carmen Gentile, a seasoned war reporter for USA Today, usually finds himself spending summers in Afghanistan and reporting from embattled parts of the Middle East. But the Pittsburgh native now finds himself on the front lines of another national sensation: The Pirates Post-Season.

“I have gotten more reaction to this story, positive and negative, than any other piece I have written on Afghanistan,” says Gentile.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:11 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Is Pittsburgh a Baseball Town Again?

With all of the postseason excitement for the Pirates, is Pittsburgh finally a baseball town again?
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From the days of the first World Series game, played here in 1903, Pittsburgh was considered a baseball town. That is, until the Steel Curtain and the Super Steelers seemed to take over in the 1970s.

But Bob Dvorchak, sportswriter emeritus for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and creator of the website Sports ‘n ‘at, has a different view of Pittsburgh. “Pittsburgh is an event town.”

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Baseball
11:05 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Pirates Move on to NLDS After Beating Reds 6-2

Andrew McCutchen was in mid-answer when teammate A.J. Burnett stuck a bottle of champagne inside the jersey of the star Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder and turned it upside down.

"Feels good," McCutchen said with a laugh as the bottle emptied, further drenching his already soaked uniform. "I could get used to this."

So could the city he plays in.

After an absence of two decades, playoff baseball is back in Pittsburgh. And it's not going anywhere for a while.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:23 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Pirates Post-Season Travel

From the home of Coca-Cola to the lightest fluffiest pancakes in the country. Find out where to visit while on the road with the Pirates.
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After more than two decades, the Pirates will finally play in the post-season.

Travel contributor Elaine Labalme shares her favorite hangouts in potential Pirates playoff cities.

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Economy & Business
7:37 am
Mon September 23, 2013

When the Pirates Win, So Do Local Businesses

There are no statistics yet on merchandise sales, but ticket sales for the Pirates this year hit 2.2 million, which is a nearly a 40 percent increase over 2009.
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Walk around town these days and you’re just about as likely to see someone sporting a Pittsburgh Pirates T-shirt as you are someone in Steelers garb.

Much of the Bucos team gear has been purchased this season as the Pirates won more games than they lost for the first time in 21 years and won back the hearts of fans that can’t remember the last time they had a reason to cheer on the home team in September. 

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:43 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

The Business of Major League Baseball

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Pittsburgh Pirates fans are rejoicing after last night’s win against the Texas Rangers. The rare inter-league game insured the Bucco’s first winning season in 20 years.

This resurgence of Pittsburgh baseball has not only bolstered the morale of the Steel City, but proved to be monetarily successful. The Pirates have produced larger revenue this year than any other since tracking began in 1998. Business contributor Rebecca Harris speaks with MLB.com reporter Jonathan Mayo and Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino about the business of baseball.

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Sports
7:29 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Pirates' 1-0 Win at Texas Clinches Winning Season

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle had no special message for his team and there was no big celebration after what was a special victory for their long-suffering fans.

With their 1-0 victory at Texas on Monday night, the Pirates clinched their first winning season since 1992. But victory No. 82 was really just another step toward their goal of getting into the playoffs.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:48 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Sports N'at with Bob Dvorchack

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Sports contributor, Bob Dvorchak jokes that Pittsburgh Pirate fans seem to have no idea how to live in a world where the Bucs are a winning ball club.  For the first time in 20 years the Pirates do not have a losing record.  

Dvorchak also comments on the NFL's $756 million settlement with former players who suffered head trauma on the field.  

While the money an immediate help to the former players, Dvorchak says, “It [the settlement] doesn’t make everyone whole. It's a payment to get it off the books.” 

Essential Pittsburgh
5:47 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

What Makes a Good Sports Song Stick?

Bucs euphoria can be felt and heard all over town. University of Pittsburgh music professor Deane Root, explains why some sports songs are more enduring than others.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates are in a record winning season, and the Bucs euphoria can be felt and heard all over town. 

Songs like "Beat 'em Bucs" are gaining new popularity on drive-time radio and YouTube.

Batter walk up songs such as  "Apache" from the Sugarhill Gang, can be purchased on iTunes for Garrett Jones fans.

When a Pittsburgh team starts doing well, we can’t help but sing.

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Sports
3:58 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Station Square Honors Pittsburgh Sports History With Fountain Show

Station Square has unveiled a nearly 11-minute water fountain show that honors Pittsburgh’s rich sports history.
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Water and oil might not mix — but what about water, music, colored lights and sports?

Station Square unveiled a new water fountain show Thursday that honors Pittsburgh’s rich sports history.

The nearly 11-minute show features hundreds of multi-colored jets choreographed to spray water 40 feet into the air.

With water dancing to the beat of songs like “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osborne and Queen’s “We are the Champions,” the performance incorporates sound clips of historic sports moments from the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates throughout the years.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:01 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

'Pops' Stargell Biography Highlights His Love for the City of Champions

Pops: The Willie Stargell Story by Richard "Pete" Peterson
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National League and World Series MVP, Baseball Hall of Fame member and Pittsburgh Pirates all-time home run leader are only a few of the many titles held by the great Willie “Pops” Stargell. 

As a leader and advocate both on and off the field, Stargell remains one of the most beloved sports figures in Pittsburgh. His legendary status and continued admiration from baseball fans, prompted Pittsburgh native Richard “Pete” Peterson to author the player’s biography, Pops: The Willie Stargell Story.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:23 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Sports Talk with Bob: Baseball's All Star Game Turns 80

The Pittsburgh Pirates are a member of the National League and have hosted the All Star Game five times since its inception in 1933.
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Tomorrow night at Citi Field in New York, the American League will play the National League in the 80th annual All Star Game. Pittsburgh Post Gazette Sports Writer Emeritus Bob Dvorchak explains the origins of the game in Chicago, Pittsburgh’s experience hosting the All Stars and the modern character of the game.

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