Posts tagged sports history.

On This day in Pittsburgh History: December 10, 1973

Bruno Sammartino regains his WWE title

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: December 6, 1955

Pittsburgh Pirates legend Honus Wagner passes away in Carnegie[Wikipedia; From Deep Right Field]

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 28, 1958

Sale of Forbes Field to University of Pittsburgh is approved; the Pirates will stay on for five years, until new Northside stadium is built. In reality, the Pirates stayed on not for five but for twelve years, until Three Rivers Stadium opened in 1970. [Historic Pittsburgh]

Roberto Clemente was a member of the Montreal Royals, the minor-league (AAA) affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers. 1954.

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 22, 1954

Roberto Clemente is drafted #1 by the Pittsburgh Pirates

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.

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 8, 1936 

The Pittsburgh Hornets play their first Duquesne Gardens game, beating Cleveland. [Pittsburgh Hockey]

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: November 7, 1925

Back-to-back amateur champ Yellowjackets are the 3rd U.S. team to join the NHL, changing their name to the Pirates. [Wikipedia

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Entrance to Forbes Field, home of the Pittsburgh Pirates, 1912. Courtesy of Shorpy.com.

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On This Day in Pittsburgh History: October 25, 1955

Joe Brown replaces Branch Rickey as general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. [WikipediaBlack and Gold World

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

Pittsburgh Pirates, 1909 (via

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: October 16, 1909 

The Pittsburgh Pirates, winners of 110 games in their regular season, defeated the Detroit Tigers 8-0 to win the seventh and deciding game of the World Series before 17,562 fans at Forbes Field. [Historic Pittsburgh]

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 

KDKA Radio’s Harold W. Arlin in a publicity photo from the early 1920s (via

On This Day in Pittsburgh History: October 8, 1921 

The first live radio broadcast of a college football game in the United States is broadcast by KDKA when Harold W. Arlin announces a 21-13 Pitt victory over West Virginia in the Backyard Brawl at Forbes Field. [Wikipedia

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