In honor of the midsummer classic’s July reappearance in Pittsburgh, I pulled out some interviews I did years ago with the Pittsburgh Post-​Gazette, and Dan Fitzpatrick got many new ones of great National Leaguers of the past and their recollections of the Pirates and Pittsburgh. Many remember the eccentricities of old Forbes Field.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring/​Summer
  • Issue Year 2006
  • Sub Heading Hall-​of-​famers tell of times in our city
There are a lot of reasons why people believe Dr. D.A. Henderson was the best person to lead the successful effort to eradicate smallpox from the planet in the 1960s and 1970s. Usually they revolve around his intellect (unquestionably world class), his training (schooled in “shoe leather epidemiology” by his mentor) or his…

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  • Issue Quarter Fall
  • Issue Year 2009
  • Sub Heading It couldn’t be done, but D.A. Henderson’s team eradicated the disease
Of all of the thousands of students attending classes at the University of Pittsburgh last fall, Elsie Henderson was perhaps the most extraordinary. For starters, she didn’t walk the Oakland campus with an iPod fixed to her ears or consumed in cell phone conversation.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading Pitt student Elsie Henderson could teach a few classes as well
Ben Gordon sits in his sparse office, with its bright fluorescents, the textbooks on the shelf, the dry-​erase board smudged with equations and graphs.

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  • Issue Quarter Spring
  • Issue Year 2008
  • Sub Heading Orphaned at 15, this University of Pittsburgh student left the streets behind and became a Goldwater scholar
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