Category Archives: Sports

Johnny Blood and the 1937 Pittsburgh Pirates (football team)

By Matthew Strauss and Pam Richter.  This article originally appeared in the Fall 2012 issue of Western Pennsylvania History. There was a time when Pittsburgh’s sports teams shared more than just team colors. When Art Rooney established his professional football franchise … Continue reading

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The Pittsburgh Pipers

With the enthusiastic support given to the Steelers and Penguins, Pittsburgh is often described as a football and hockey town.  Judging from the crowds that flock to PNC Park when the Pirates have flirted with success during the past couple … Continue reading

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A Red, White and Green Gridiron Legend: Superstition and the Immaculate Reception

December 23, 1972. Raiders: 7, Steelers: 6. Twenty-two seconds to play. Fourth and ten. The AFC Division championship on the line. Sports aficionados know well this moment in NFL history. Suspended in time, this final play held captive the city … Continue reading

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Lenore Kight Wingard, A Pittsburgh Olympian

It’s not too often that an Olympic athlete’s most famous race is the one that he or she did not win.  But this is the case with Lenore Kight Wingard, an Olympic swimmer from the 1930s and a Pittsburgh-area resident. … Continue reading

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Construction of the Civic Arena

If you’ve been downtown lately, you may have noticed that the demolition of the Civic Arena has begun. If the demand for ornaments fashioned from the Civic Arena’s roof is any indication, there are many who feel an emotional attachment … Continue reading

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Forerunner to the Homestead Grays

It’s hard to pick a favorite image among the Dorsey-Turfley Family Photographs, an image collection recently added to Historic Pittsburgh. The collection contains photographs of African American sports teams from the early 20th century, playgrounds, Hill District recreation centers and … Continue reading

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