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Pittsburgh Sports

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.
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Randy Roberts, a native of Pittsburgh, is professor of history at Purdue University.


"If you grew up in New York, you will enjoy reading this book. If you grew up in western Pennsylvania, you will love it." - Beano Cook, ESPN "I've always been fond of Pittsburgh, and the sports essays collected by Randy Roberts wonderfully illustrate the charm and idiosyncrasy that make Pittsburgh's sports such a sweet reflection of the whole city." - Frank Deford "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." - Myron Cope "Finally, a collection of stories from a sports-obsessed town that isn't adolescent boosterism." - Bob Hoover, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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