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
The national road, America’s first federally funded road, was built from 1811 to 1834 at the urging of former President George Washington and then-​President Thomas Jefferson. It connected Cumberland, Md., and the Ohio River in Wheeling, W.Va., as a gateway to the West. The road was once a stagecoach route where towns had…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2013
  • Sub Heading Going strong after 219 years
Just after midnight in Paris: The Left Bank boulevard glitters from a downpour. Street lamps, a white “HOTEL” sign at the end of the street by the Seine, a distant sing-​song police siren. It’s mostly deserted. Two young women scoot by, then four guys. A few people slump on a bus. “A demain,”…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2013
  • Sub Heading Tim Menees lands a flat and plays the blues
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