Growing up in a local mill town in the late 1970’s, Steelers’ Super Bowl victories seemed like a birthright. For my generation, it takes little to rattle-​off the roster from the ‘79 season, the last of that era’s championship teams. And while the exploits of future Hall-​of-​Famers Lynn Swann and Jack Lambert live…

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  • Issue Quarter Between the Issues
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Noll comes up a winner in bio “His Life’s Work”
Collecting is an addictive passion. My wife and I collect architect-​designed chairs, carved and inlaid wood items, textiles, bakelite dress clips, pre-​Revolutionary maps of New England, miniature hats and, perhaps the strangest, glass swizzle sticks with a Pittsburgh provenance.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2007
  • Sub Heading What’s the connection between a French artist and a local baseball great?
Here’s what you should know about the mystery sport in Western Pennsylvania history: It’s against the rules to catch the ball with your top hat. The game is played by silly mid wickets and other Monty Python candidates. And this game didn’t catch on in the U.S.A.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2013
Bob Coward, dog-​eared scorebook in hand, hurries through the turnstile at PNC Park for what will be his 2,600th-and-something Pittsburgh Pirates home game. A compact man who once worked as a prison guard at Western Penitentiary (now SCI Pittsburgh) on the city’s North Side, Coward darts through the thickening crowd, greeting ushers and…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2013
  • Sub Heading As much as any players, these lifelong Pirates fans are the game of baseball in Pittsburgh
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