The Pittsburgh Pirates as one of the oldest franchises in the majors have a long rich history of winning, losing, Hall of Fame winners ,and laughable losers. This collection of stories, arranged in name order, is full of interesting tales drawn from that history. Even a lifelong fan, like I am, will find something new.
Just two examples to sweet your appetite and save most perfume for your own read through the book:
The Pirates were the first team to let fans keep foul balls hit into the stands. after three fans refused to throw balls back during a1921 game, and one fan was wrestled to the ground and arrested, the publicity was so negative that team owner Barney Dreyfuss declared that from then on fans could keep foul balls.
The Pirates team name was adopted after it was used as a negative newspaper epitaph when the team's signing of a renegade league player in 1889 was challenged by his original team. Even though an independent arbitrator ruled the Pittsburgh signing legal, newspaper writers sided with the other team and began referring for Pittsburgh team President J. Palmer O'Neill as "J. Pirate O'Neill". Embracing the attitude (and the alliteration) the Pittsburgh Alleghenies became the Pirates, one of the great names and logos in sports history.
The arrangement by name means that the stories aren't chronological, but given the timeless nature of baseball and the anecdotal nature of the stories the arrangement works. Compare to a similar collection of Pittsburgh Steelers stories by the same publisher which is arranged by date and appropriately so.
This is fun smile-inducing stuff for the Pirates fan on your gift list.
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Todd Stockslager (TStocksl)
I love reading and writing about what I have read, making the connections and marking the comparisons and contrasts. God has given man the amazing power to invent language and the means to record it which … more