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Pittsburgh Sports and Recreation

Gambling – It’s the Name of the Game

Gambling - It's the Name of the Game

A quick scan of Pittsburgh’s newspaper archives reveals that Pittsburghers have always been fond of gambling, whether legal or not. Headlines from old issues of The Post-Gazette read like something from Al Capone’s Chicago.  “Police Seize Big Gambling Stronghold” emblazoned the front page of the January 20, 1934, issue.  “Numbers Rackets Gets Set-Back” headlined the January 26, 1942, edition.  The 1942 article details how bookies held […]

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Hockey in Pittsburgh

Hockey in Pittsburgh

When one hears the words “hockey” and “Pittsburgh” in the same sentence, they automatically assume that the Penguins are being talked about. Contrary to popular belief, Pittsburgh did have an NHL franchise before the Penguins which was known as the Pirates. The Pirates came to fruition in 1925 after the departure of an amateur team, the Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets. The Yellow Jackets were a successful […]

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Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation

Pittsburgh Parks and Recreation

When you think of a city, what comes to mind are usually the imposing steel skyscrapers, concrete canyons, and the hustle and bustle of an urban setting.  However, when it comes to Pittsburgh, you may want to think again.  While Pittsburgh may have its share of impressive edifices and busy city streets, it also has an abundance of parks and recreation facilities where residents can […]

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The Story of Pitt Football

The Story of Pitt Football

Nine national championships, four hall of fame coaches, countless legendary players and rabidly loyal fans.  No it’s not the Steelers but the well-kept Western PA secret known as Pitt Football! With 28 bowl appearances, 86 first team All-American honors and 23 first round NFL draft picks, Pitt football has its own unique and storied history as part of the local sports landscape.  Inspired by legends […]

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Guide to Casinos and Gaming Near Pittsburgh

Guide to Casinos and Gaming Near Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is “lucky” to be located close to so many casinos. Why, we even have one in our own back yard! But if you feel like venturing to another locale to try your luck, you don’t have to travel very far. The following is a list of gaming venues categorized by distance. All are less than 275 miles away. Some are suitable for a day’s […]

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Fishing in Pittsburgh

Fishing in Pittsburgh

Gone fishing?  For many Pittsburghers this favored pastime makes perfect sense.  Situated as it is at the point of three rivers, Pittsburgh offers unparalleled opportunities to cast a line.  Today, the world is taking notice.  The Steel City has recently hosted major events such as the Bassmaster Classic and the Forrest L. Wood Cup, and the popularity of fishing in the city of bridges continues […]

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Pittsburgh’s MVP: Andrew McCutchen

Pittsburgh’s MVP: Andrew McCutchen

Over the decades, Pittsburgh has had numerous gifted professional athletes grace our fields, parks, stadiums, and rinks. A rare few not only excel in their sport, but also capture the city’s heart. Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen is one of those rare few. Birth of Pittsburgh’s MVP Andrew McCutchen was born on October 10, 1986, in Fort Meade, Florida, to Lorenzo McCutchen and Petrina Swan, who were […]

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The History of Baseball in Pittsburgh

The History of Baseball in Pittsburgh

While names such as Honus Wagner, Pie Traynor, Lloyd Waner, Paul Waner, Bill McKechnie, Fred Clarke, Arky Vaughan, Ralph Kiner, Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazeroski and Willie Stargell sound like the surnames of a diverse modern Pittsburgh neighborhood, they are part of the honor roll of Hall of Famers who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The franchise’s proud history boasts five World Series titles, nine National […]

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Pittsburgh Amusement Park History

Pittsburgh Amusement Park History

Pittsburgh is an ever-changing city. Many places of historical interest have been replaced with something more modern and perceivably better. This was the fate for many of the amusement parks that were once scattered around the Greater Pittsburgh area. Modern day amusement parks got much of their start from trolley parks dating back to the late 1800’s. Trolley parks were created to give streetcar riders […]

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