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On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 12, 1892 

The world’s first pro football game kicks off at Rec Park as "Pudge" Heffelfinger is paid $12,900 by the Allegheny Athletic Association.

Dorsett of the Pittsburgh Panthers on the cover of Sports Illustrated, November 1976 (via

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: October 23, 1976 

Pitt’s Tony Dorsett breaks the all-time NCAA college football rushing record. [Wikipedia

Pittsburgh Pirates fans celebrate victory in the World Series, October 1960. George Silk for Life magazine

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: October 13, 1960 

With the World Series even, three games each, the Pirates win the seventh game 10-9 over the New York Yankees with a home run by Bill Mazeroski in the ninth inning. [Historic Pittsburgh

Related: “50 Years Ago Today: World Series, Game 7,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2010 

Pittsburgh Pirates teammates Bill Mazeroski and Hal Smith celebrate after beating the New York Yankees in the 1960 World Series. 

Group portrait of the Homestead Grays baseball team at Forbes Field. Teenie Harris. (via

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: October 5, 1943 

The Homestead Grays win their first World Series with an 8-4 win. [Wikipedia

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: October 4, 1902 

The Pirates finish with the highest winning percentage in MLB history, eclipsed by the Cubs 4 seasons later. [WikipediaBaseball Revisited

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: October 3, 1908 

Players for the Pittsburgh Panthers wore numbered jerseys for the first time. It is believed that Pitt was the first college football team to so outfit their players (viaviavia). 


1980s: "Remembering L. C. Greenwood"

Although L.C. Greenwood displayed the qualities of NFL Hall of Famers and was a finalist twice for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he never was elected. He was a Pittsburgh legend nevertheless. No doubt about it. During his 13-year career with the Steelers, he helped Pittsburgh win four Super Bowls and seven division titles.

When Greenwood died on Sunday, team Chairman Dan Rooney said in a statement, “L.C. was one of the most beloved Steelers during the most successful period in team history and he will be missed by the entire organization. He will forever be remembered for what he meant to the Steelers both on and off the field.”

The Steelers drafted L.C.Greenwood in 1969, the same year they picked Joe Greene in the NFL draft. For 11 years, he teamed with “Mean Joe” at left tackle as part of the legendary “Steel Curtain,” the defense that brought glory and fame to the Steelers.

"L.C. was a quiet guy; he didn’t attempt to position himself as the center of attention even though he played an integral part of that front four," said former Steelers scout Bill Nunn, who had scouted Mr. Greenwood. "I used to call him and Jack Ham the quiet assassins because neither one of them would say a word, or put on a show for you. They both just went about their business quietly."

His speed, his athleticism and his tactics earned L.C Greenwood a reputation of a great player. He also was famous for his gold-colored shoes he wore on the football field and his nickname “Hollywood Bags” — he earned it because he claimed he kept his bags ready to go so he could leave quickly when Hollywood calls.

Mr. Greenwood lived in Point Breeze after being cut by the Steelers before the 1982 season. He died last Sunday at age 67.

— Mila Sanina  

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: October 1, 1903


Oct. 1, 1903 - The first modern World Series took place between the Boston Pilgrims and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

This aerial view shows the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds during  the first World Series game between the Boston Pilgrims and the Pittsburgh Pirates in Boston, Ma., on Oct. 1, 1903.   The Pirates defeated the Pilgrims in game one, 7-3.  Boston went on to win the first American League versus the National League World Series, five games to three.  (AP Photo)

Pittsburgh Pirates football team photo, 1933 (via

On This Day in Pitsburgh History: September 20, 1933 

Modern professional football began in Pittsburgh when the Pittsburgh Pirates, under ownership of Arthur J. Rooney, lost 23-2 to the New York Giants before 25,000 at Forbes Field. [Historic Pittsburgh]

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: September 3, 1902 

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Braves for their second straight National League Pennant with a whole month left. The team will go on to a 103-36 franchise record. [Wikipedia

Pittsburgh Pirates at the World Series, 1903. 


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