Some of Pittsburghs finest sports figures are honored in this Jim OBrien offering to mark Pittsburghs 250th anniversary.Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins was named the Pittsburgh Sportsman of the Year and Agnus Berenato, the coach of theMoreSome of Pittsburghs finest sports figures are honored in this Jim OBrien offering to mark Pittsburghs 250th anniversary.Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins was named the Pittsburgh Sportsman of the Year and Agnus Berenato, the coach of the womens basketball team at the University of Pittsburgh, was named the Pittsburgh Sportswoman of the Year.Mario Lemieux of the Penguins was honored as the citys all-time outstanding athlete and Bill Mazeroski of the Pirates for providing the greatest moment in Pittsburghs sports history when he hitthe home run to win the 1960 World Series against the mighty New York Yankees.Pitts Tony Dorsett was on the dais.
He won the Heisman Trophy and helped Johnny Majors win the national football championship in 1976. Terrelle Pryor of Jeannette High School, who led theJayhawks to WPIAL and PIAA championships in both basketball and football, was up there, too. There wereother hometown favorites such as wrestler Bruno Sammartino, once the world champion in his sport.This wonderful celebration was about Pittsburgh past and present, Pittsburgh then and now, with highhopes for the future.
Pittsburgh has been heralded as the City of Champions on more than one occasion. Our sports heritage ranks up there with any city inthe country. Pittsburgh has been blessed with its sports successes. Then the Penguins created great excitement in the city with their valiant Stanley Cup Final run in 2008.This book is a collection of stories about these sports figures, and many more, reflections of just what has happened in Pittsburgh through the years.
There are many revealing portraits of Pittsburghs finest, including some of its more colorful fans. Jim OBrien has always been more interested in the people than the games they play. He examines the Pittsburgh sports scene with more than a hint of pride in his prose.