Happy 10/13, 3:36 pm
Later this evening, you’ll find a story, photos and video package from today’s 50th anniversary celebration of the Pirates’ third World Series Championship at the Forbes Field wall in Oakland, Pa.
A few additional thoughts/news items that I wanted to jot down here, in addition to what you’ll find on the main site:
- If there is an event like this anywhere else in this country, I don’t know about it. This is the second time that I have spent October 13 listening to a rebroadcast of Game 7 of the ’60 World Series, and it continues to amaze me how incredible this event has become. You had hundreds of people dressed in Pirates gear, grasping souvenirs or old tickets, seated and hanging on to every work of the 2-hour, 36-minute game. Everyone knows the ending, but it doesn’t stop anyone from cheering or booing at the appropriate times. It’s an amazing thing to witness.
- As you might have read recently, a full copy of the televised broadcast of Game 7 was recently found in Bing Crosby’s wine cellar and will be aired on December 15 on the MLB Network. The Network is planning to be in Pittsburgh on November 13, to show the game at a local theater, where Bob Costas will also be interviewing players from that team. I don’t have any details on ticket information if you wish to attend that viewing, or on a location yet. Once I do, I will be sure to pass that along.
- And lastly, some words from Pirates president Frank Coonelly that I thought you might find interesting. Oh, and he knows you will, too. These were from Coonelly as he prepared to unveil a plaque dedicated to Bill Mazeroski on Wednesday:
“The 1960 team left an indelible mark on the city and left an indelible legacy for this city. It was a great Championship. The Pirates were an underdog team that beat the mighty Yankees.
“One reason that these men are so special to you is because in 1960, there hadn’t been a Championship in Pittsburgh in 35 years. The Pirates hadn’t won the World Series since 1925. When 1960 came around, this city was hungry for a Championship organization and a Championship team again. These gentlemen brought it to you and they really started the great legacy of the Pittsburgh Pirates that continued on to the 1970s.
“I mention that 35 years for a reason. Last year, we celebrated the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Championship, our last Championship. Now we’re 31 and we’re counting. I don’t intend for this young team that we’re building in Pittsburgh today to hit 35. I intend to beat that record of 35, and we’re going to get there before we hit the 35th anniversary.
“In that regard, quite a few members of the media are here and this will be a popular comment that I just made on the fly. I’ve been through that a few times already.”
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