Clayton Trutor teaches history at Norwich University in Vermont. He is the author of Loserville: “How Professional Sports Remade Atlanta — and How Atlanta Remade Professional Sports”(2022) and the forthcoming “Boston Ball: Jim Calhoun, Rick Pitino, Gary Williams, and College Basketball’s Forgotten Cradle of Coaches” (2023). He’d love to hear from you on Twitter: @ClaytonTrutor.

A Victim of the Life He Led

Pittsburgh is unquestionably one of the great fighting cities in the United States. The city and its surrounding boroughs have produced world champions Billy Conn, Michael Moorer, Paul Spadafora, and a whole host of other world-class pugilists. Experts in the fight business place two-time world champion Harry Greb on top of Pittsburgh’s pugilistic slag pile. …

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Pittsburgh’s Frank Gorshin was the Original Riddler

Frank Gorshin was famous for the many faces he wore. On the Ed Sullivan Show, the master impressionist emulated the likes of Kirk Douglas, Marlon Brando, and Burt Lancaster with uncanny precision, contorting his malleable face and lithe, sinewy body to actually look like, and not just sound like, the people he portrayed. Crowds packed …

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