Historical Facts and Photos
Brookline and Pittsburgh - The First 250 Years and Beyond
(1754 - present)

      Brookline History

  Brookline History 250
  Schools and Recreation
  Brookline Maps
  Brookline Aerial Views
  Pittsburghese and Brooklinese
  Pittsburgh/Brookline Population
  Pittsburg or Pittsburgh

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Independence Day Parade along
 Brookline Boulevard - 1954.
The Independence Day Parade along Brookline Boulevard on July 4, 1954.

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Brookline 250 - The First Two Hundred and Fifty Years

The City of Pittsburgh and the Community of Brookline have histories that date back to the pre-Revolutionary War days of the 18th century. Since the time of the early pioneers until today, Brookline and the surrounding area have seen many changes, evolving from a rural farming community into the modern city neighborhood that we live in today.

Brookline History - The First 250 Years (1754-2004)

Brookline 250, attempts to explore the first 250 years of the history of the Brookline area. Most of this information was retrieved from old Brookline Journal articles, dating from the 1950s, that detailed bits and pieces of Brookline's history up to that point. We have tried to piece all of these articles into one essay. With limitations, it provides an interesting look back in time at Brookline's 250 years.

The Anderson Farm - 1936
The Anderson Farm, shown in 1936, and the hillside homes in East Brookline
show the contrast between Brookline's rural roots and urban development.

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Brookline Churches, Schools and Recreation

The histories of the various local churches and elementary schools, and the origins of the public education and recreation facilities, based on the recollections of Professor Joseph F. Moore, recount the contributions of these institutions to Brookline's heritage.

Brookline Public Education and Recreation History
Our Lady of Loreto Church and School History
St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church History
Brookline United Presbyterian Church History
Episcopal Church of the Advent History
Resurrection Church and School History
St. Pius X Church and School History

Brookline Elementary Square Dance - Spring of 1947
A Square Dance at Brookline Elementary School in the spring of 1947.

One thing that most Brookliners can remember from their years as youngsters, with the exception of their days at school, is the time spent playing sports in one of the local athletic leagues. Brookline has developed a rich tradition of Little League baseball, Prep League football and Youth Soccer, and the activities offered at Moore Park and the Brookline Community Center have enriched young and old alike.

Brookline Little League Baseball Team Photos
Brookline Knights Football Team Photos
Brookline Royals Sandlot Football Club
Brookline Recreation Center Photo Gallery
Moore Park Photo Gallery

1978 Brookline Mitey-Mites with championship trophy.
The 1978 Brookline Knights Mitey-Mite championship football team.

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Brookline Maps

The following maps show the transition of Brookline from rural West Liberty Borough (1876), through the first residential growth phase (1910) to modern-day Brookline (1997), with it's current borders and street layout. The maps show a great deal about the development of the community.

In the 19th century, West Liberty Borough, which also included Beechview, was dominated by farms and mining ventures. Scattered homes and a few commercial properties dotted the landscape. As late as 1905, Brookline Boulevard was listed as Knowlson Avenue and housing development had only begun, with just the Paul Place, Hughey Farms and Fleming Place Plans on the map. By 1910 the community had been annexed into the city of Pittsburgh and the rural landscape began to take on a more urban look. This development continued through the 1970s.

<Colonial Survey Maps of Land Grants in the South Hills>

<Brookline Map 1876>    <Brookline Map 1886>
<Brookline Map 1896>    <Brookline Map 1905>
<Brookline Map 1910>    <Brookline Map 1916>
<Brookline Map 1926>    <Brookline Map 1934>
<Brookline Map 1997>    <Brookline Map 2003>

Map showing the 72 subdivisions in Brookline.

<Map Of The 72 Brookline Developmental Subdivisions>

<Map Showing Growth Of Brookline>

<Old Maps of Brookline's Oak Mine>

<Brookline Geodetic and Topographic Maps 1927-1955>

The early-20th century borders of the community were slightly different than today. Before the Fairhaven/Overbrook land, now refered to as East Brookline, was annexed into the city, Brookline's eastern boundary was Whited Street. In the 1920s that boundary was extended to Jacob Street. An interesting feature of the 1910 map is how many of the street names are different.

In 1908, when West Liberty Borough was annexed into the City of Pittsburgh, many of the road designations had to be changed due to conflicts with existing city street names. Many of these changes and not had yet to be incorporated into the books. The 1916 map often shows the new name along with the old name in parenthesis.

The Brookdale Subplan - 1940
A long-forgotten subplot named Brookdale, located in East Brookline. It was vacated in 1982.

Another point of interest is how many different subdivisons there are within the boundaries of the present-day community. As large parcels of land were made available for development, the plots were given an official designation by the improvement company.

In addition to the Paul Place, Hughey Farms, Fleming Place plans along the hillside bordering West Liberty Avenue, there are the King Place Plan, the Robinson Place Plan and the Andrew Cullen Plan, each with a distinctive border. Throughout the Brookline community there are over fifty different subdivisions.

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Brookline Aerial Views

The following images give a bird's eye view of Brookline from 1939 through 2006. These aerial views show how the community developed over that sixty-eight year time frame.

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<1957>     <1959>     <1967>     <1969>     <2005>     <2006>


A 2011 satellite image of the intersection of Brookline Boulevard and Pioneer Avenue.

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Pittsburghese and Brooklinese

Pittsburghese is a term that represents the rather unique vocabulary that has evolved over the years in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. From phonology to vocabulary, grammar to intonation, the language of the 'Burgh is something that only a true Yinzer can appreciate.

Growing up in Pittsburgh, foods like chipped ham, dippy eggs, jumbo, hoagies and pierogies were often on the menu. Driving up and dahn slippy roads can be rough, and running the sweeper at home is part of reddin' up. Getting jagged by jaggers, annoyed by jagoffs, and caught just jaggin' aroun' was part of growin' up. While doin'is and doin'at, Pittsburghers have developed quite a way of expressing themselves. It's a 'Burgh thing.

Pittsburghese - The Language of Da'Burgh

Wikipedia: Pittsburghese

Brookliners are well-versed in Pittsburghese, and have coined some unique words and phrases of their own that might be considered Brooklinese. Generations of students went to Rezzi. Many walked the boulavard to get to school and others took the bus. After school, kids would take the cuts through the neighbor's yards and hoy their friends. They'd then go dahn the park, or cross the pipe to get to the Center. Buying penny candy at the little store, getting a comic book at Newsies, or enjoying an iceball at the Little League games was always a treat. At night, it was time to get home when the lights came on. It's a B-line thing.

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Pittsburgh and Brookline Population

According to 2010 census results, the population in the neighborhood of Brookline now stands at 13,214, down over 7,000 since residency peaked at 20,381 in 1960. Brookline now ranks as the third most populous community in the City of Pittsburgh, behind Squirrel Hill South (15,110) and Shadyside (13,915). The City of Pittsburgh's total population was recorded at 305,704 in 2010, ranking 59th on the list of United States cities, down over 50% from it's peak number of 676,806 in 1950.

Pittsburgh

2010 - 305704
2000 - 334563
1990 - 369879
1980 - 423938
1970 - 520117
1960 - 604332
1950 - 676806
1940 - 671659

Brookline

2010 - 13214
2000 - 14316
1990 - 15488
1980 - 17231
1970 - 20336
1960 - 20381
1950 - 16559
1940 - 14721

<The Growth of Pittsburgh - Annexation and Population>

Wikipedia: United States Cities By Population.

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What's the Spelling - Pittsburg or Pittsburgh?

Believe it or not, Pittsburgh is the most misspelled city in America, according to a study by ePodunk. The most common misspelling is the word Pittsburgh spelled without its 'h.'

Pittsburgh, named by General John Forbes in honor of Sir William Pitt, has officially ended in an 'h' since its founding in 1758, with the exception of the time period from 1890-1911. In 1890, President Benjamin Harrison established the U.S. Board on Geographic Names to help restore order to the naming of cities, towns, rivers, lakes, mountains and other places throughout the U.S. At the time, some states actually had as many as five different towns with the same name which, understandably, caused confusion.

One of the first codes established by the new Board was that the final 'h' should be dropped from the names of all cities and towns ending in 'burgh.'

The proud citizens of Pittsburgh, considering their town an obvious historical exception to this ruling, refused to give in to the Board's ruling. A campaign was mounted to keep the traditional spelling. Twenty years later, in 1911, the Board finally relented and restored the 'h' to Pittsburgh.

The official decision to restore the 'h' was handed down by the Board on July 19, 1911. In a letter to Pennsylvania Senator George T. Oliver, Board Secretary C.S. Sloan stated:

At a special meeting of the United States Geographic Board, the previous decision with regard to the spelling of Pittsburg without a final H was reconsidered and the form given below was adopted: Pittsburgh, a city in Pennsylvania (not Pittsburg).

To this day, many people remain confused. There are nineteen other cities or towns in the United States with the same name. There are two in the state of Illinois alone. Of those nineteen, only one, a tiny town in North Dakota, spells it "Pittsburgh," like a true 'Burgher.

A Steamy Sunrise - February 17, 2014 - PG photo.    Fireworks - July 4, 2013 - PG Photo.
A Steam Sunrise on a frigid morning (02/17/2014) and a heavenly fireworks display (07/04/2013).

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Pittsburgh City Council Representatives

Pittsburgh's City Council is the legislative branch of government. It carries out duties in accordance with the Home Rule Charter and the laws of the state. It is primarily responsible for making laws which govern the City of Pittsburgh. City Council is composed of nine members. Each member represents one council district.

Brookline is part of District 4, which also includes the communities of Beechview, Bon Air, Overbrook, most of Carrick, and a small portion of Mt. Washington.

District 4 City Councilmembers since 1989:

Natalia Rudiak
Natalia Rudiak
(present-2010)

Jim MOtznik
Jim Motznik
(2010-2002)

Michael Diven
Michael Diven
(2002-1998)

Joe Cusick
Joe Cusick
(1998-1994)

Jack Wagner
Jack Wagner
(1994-1984)

District 4 Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak being
sworn in for a 2nd term January 6, 2014.
District 4 Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak being sworn in for a second term on January 6, 2014.

The current makeup of City Council began in 1989, when the nine individual districts began electing their own representatives, in an effort to insure that all Pittsburghers receive adequate representation. This electoral process has proven effective.

List of all City Councilmembers since 1989:

District 1:
Darlene Harris (2006-present)
Luke Ravenstahl (2004-2006)
Barbara Burns (2000-2004)
Dan Onorato (1992-2000)
Bernard J. Regan (1988-1992)

District 2:
Theresa Kail-Smith (2009-present)
Dan Deasy (2006-2008)
Alan Hertzberg (1994-2005)
Michelle Madoff (1978-1994)

District 3:
Bruce Kraus (2008-present)
Jeff Koch (2007-2008)
Gene Ricciardi (1988-2006)

District 4:
Natalia Rudiak (2010-present)
Jim Motznik (2002-2010)
Michael Diven (1998-2002)*
Joseph Cusick (1994-1998)
Jack Wagner (1984-1994)

District 5:
Corey O’Connor (2012-present)
Doug Shields (2006-2012)
Tucker Sciulli (2003-2006)
Bob O’Connor (1992-2003)
Michael Coyne (1988-1992)

District 6:
R. Daniel Lavelle (2010-present)
Tonya Payne (2006-2010)
Sala Udin (1995-2006)
Christopher Smith (1993-1994)
Jake Milliones (1990-1993)

District 7:
Deborah Gross (2013-present)
Patrick Dowd (2008-2013)
Leonard Bodack, Jr. (2002-2008)
Jim Ferlo (1988-2002)

District 8:
Dan Gilman (2014-present)
William Peduto (2002-2014)
Dan Cohen (1990-2002)

District 9:
Ricky Burgess (2008-present)
Twanda Carlisle (2002-2007)
Valerie McDonald (1994-2002)
Duane Darkins (1990-1994)

Pittsburgh City Council - July 2011.
Pittsburgh City Council members meet in Council Chambers on July 5, 2011.

The one-council-representative-per-district system has not always been the electoral procedure for City Council. From 1911 through 1989, members were elected by way of at-large elections, where no particular member represented any specific district. Instead, the entire council represented the whole City of Pittsburgh and all of it's neighborhoods.

List of City Councilmembers from 1911 to 1989:

Eugene DePasquale (1988-1989)
Otis Lyons, Jr. (1988-1989)
Jim Ferlo (1988-2002)
Michael Coyne (1988-1992)
Mark Pollock (1986-1989)
Steve Grabowski (1984-1987)
Jack Wagner (1984-1994)
Ben Woods (1981-1989)
Tom Flaherty (1980-1983)
Jim O'Malley (1980-1987)
Michelle Madoff (1978-1994)
William Robinson (1978-1985)
Jim Bulls (1977-1980)
Sophie Masloff (1976-1988)
Richard E. Givens (1976-1987)
James Lally (1976-1980)
Frank Lucchino (1974-1978)
William Coyne (1974-1981)
Robert Rade Stone (1973-1985)
Eugene DePasquale (1972-1984)
Richard Caligiuri (1970-1977)
Charles Leslie (1970-1972)
Amy Ballinger (1970-1976)
James Cortese (1970-1970)
George Shields (1970-1974)
John Lynch (1970-1976)
Edward Michaels (1969-1974)
Thomas Fagan (1968-1973)
Louis Mason Jr. (1967-1977)
Peter Flaherty (1966-1970)
Walter Kamyk (1963-1970)
Charles Leslie (1961-1969)
Phillip Baskin (1962-1970)
James Jordan (1960-1967)
Horner Green (1960-1961)
J. Craig Kuhn (1959-1970)
Charles McCarthy (1958-1963)*
David Olbum (1956-1961)
Irma D'Ascenzo (1956-1970)
Paul Jones (1954-1960)
Emanuel Schifano (1952-1956)
Bennett Rodgers (1952-1959)
Charles Dinan (1952-1958)
John Counahan (1952-1970)
William Davis (1951-1953)
Patrick Fagan (1950-1967)*
Frederick Weir (1947-1960)
William Alvah Stewart (1946-1951)
Joseph McArdle (1942-1949)

Thomas Kilgallen (1940-1951)
John Duff Jr. (1940-1952)
Edward Leonard (1939-1951)
A.L. Wolk (1938-1956)
James A. O'Toole (1936-1941)
Frederick Weir (1936-1947)
Cornelius Scully (1935-1936)
George Evans (1935-1945)
William Magee (1934-1937)
John Jane (1934-1935)
John Houston (1934-1935)
Thomas Gallagher (1934-1965)*
Walter Demmer (1934-1951)
Frank Duggan (1933-1933)
George Oliver (1933-1933)
William Soost (1932-1935)
P.J. McArdle (1932-1940)
John Phillips (1931-1932)
Michael Muldowney (1930-1933)
Clifford Connelley (1930-1933)
George J. Kambach (1929-1931)
Harry A. Little (1926-1933)
Robert J. Alderdice (1924-1932)
Joseph F. Malone (1922-1930)
Wallace Borland (1922-1925)
P.J. McArdle (1922-1930)
Charles Anderson (1920-1939)
A.K. Oliver (1919-1921)
John H. Henderson (1919-1921)
Daniel Winters (1918-1929)
William J. Burke (1918-1919)
William H. Robertson (1916-1924)
John H. Dailey (1916-1921)
P.J. McArdle (1916-1919)
Charles H. Hetzel (1914-1915)
W.Y. English (1914-1933)
John S. Herron (1914-1933)
Dr. G.A. Dillinger (1913-1917)
P.J. McArdle (1911-1913)
Robert Garland (1911-1939)
Dr. S.S. Wooburn (1911-1939)
W.G. Wilkins (1911-1913)
Enoch Rauh (1911-1919)
James P. Kerr (1911-1918)
John M. Goehring (1911-1915)
W.A. Hoeveler (1911-1914)
E.V. Babcock (1911-1913)
David P. Black (1911-1911)
A.J. Kelly (1911-1911)

* Patrick Fagan, Charles McCarthy and Thomas Gallagher were the only councilman during this period elected from the
community of Brookline. All three served together from 1958 to 1963. Fagan was the only Council President
from the community. Later, Brookline's Michael Diven held the District 4 office from 1998 to 2002.

Pittsburgh City Council - 1915.    Pittsburgh City Council - 1963.
Pittsburgh City Council members in 1915 (left) and in 1963.

Prior to 1911, the City had a bicameral City Council comprised of a Common Council and a Select Council which sat as our form of legislative branch beginning in 1816 when the City was first incorporated. The Select Council was comprised of a representative from every ward in the City, meaning that Brookline would have had a representative on the Select Council for three years, from its annexation in 1908 until 1911.

Before 1816 the fledgling town, known as Pittsborough or Pittstown, was governed by an executive committee with an elected Chief Burgess.

* Thanks to John Fournier for helping gather information on City Council *

City of Pittsburgh Flag.

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The Office of the Mayor

From Pittsburgh's incorporation as a city in 1816 there have been sixty Pittsburgh mayors at the head of the executive branch of government. Four of these individuals are included twice on that list, having held the post during separate, non-consecutive, terms.

Mayor Cornelius Scully (left) and President
Franklin Delano Roosevelt on October 11, 1940    Mayor David Lawrence (left) and President
Harry S. Truman on October 23, 1952
Mayor Cornelius Scully with President Roosevelt in 1940 (left) and Mayor David Lawrence with President Truman in 1952.

List of the Mayors of Pittsburgh from 1816 to present:

Ebenezer Denny (1816-1817)
John Darraugh (1817-1825)
John M. Snowden (1825-1828)
Magnus K. Murray (1828-1830)
Matthew B. Lowrie (1830-1831)
Magnus K. Murray (1831-1832)
Samuel Pettigrew (1832-1836)
Jonas R. McClintock (1836-1839)
William Little (1839-1840)
William W. Irwin (1840-1841)
James Thomson (1841-1842)
Alexander Hay (1842-1845)
William J. Howard (1845-1846)
William Kerr MD (1846-1847)
Gabriel Adams (1847-1849)
John Herron (1849-1850)
Joseph Barker (1850–1851)
John B. Guthrie (1851–1853)
Robert M. Riddle (1853–1854)
Ferdinand E. Volz (1854–1856)
William Bingham (1856–1857)
Henry A. Weaver (1857–1860)
George Wilson (1860–1862)
Benjamin C. Sawyer (1862–1864)
James Lowry, Jr. (1964–1866)
William C. McCarthy (1866–1868)
James Blackmore (1868–1869)
Jared M. Brush (1869–1872)
James Blackmore (1872–1875)
William C. McCarthy (1875–1878)

Robert Liddell (1878–1881)
Robert W. Lyon (1881–1884)
Andrew Fulton (1884–1887)
William McCallin (1887–1890)
Henry I. Gourley (1890–1893)
Bernard J. McKenna (1893–1896)
Henry P. Ford (1896–1899)
William J. Diehl (1899–1901)
Adam M. Brown (1901)
Joseph O. Brown (1901–1903)
William B. Hayes (1903–1906)
George W. Guthrie (1906–1909)
William A. Magee (1909–1914)
Joseph G. Armstrong (1914–1918)
Edward V. Babcock (1918–1922)
William A. Magee (1922–1926)
Charles H. Kline (1926–1933)
John S. Herron (1933–1934)
William N. McNair (1934–1936)
Cornelius D. Scully (1936–1946)
David L. Lawrence (1946–1959)
Thomas Gallagher (1959)
Joseph M. Barr (1959–1970)
Peter F. Flaherty (1970–1977)
Richard S. Caliguiri (1977–1988)
Sophie Masloff (1988–1994)
Tom Murphy (1994–2006)
Bob O'Connor (2006)
Luke Ravenstahl (2006–2014)
William Peduto (2014-present)

Mayor William Peduto is sworn in on January 6, 2014.
William Peduto, Pittsburgh's 60th Mayor, is sworn in on January 6, 2014.

<Short History of the Mayors of Pittsburgh>

Seal of the City of Pittsburgh

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We're All Pittsburghers

Below are several links to pictures and explanations that reveal much of Pittsburgh's past and present. We've found some interesting vintage color postcards and photos of various landmarks throughout the city, including several pictures of "The Golden Triangle" that document it's evolution over the past 250-plus years. There are also links to other webpages that offer more on Pittsburgh's history.

The Gateway Clipper Fleet

After all, Brookline may be the community we've settled in,
but Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the city we call home.

City of Pittsburgh

Links To Pittsburgh History

The Pittsburgh Skyline in 1917.

The City of Pittsburgh in 1936.

Before the first European settlers migrated west of the Allegheny Mountains
Pittsburgh and the surrounding region was the home of Native Americans.


Learn about the Native Americans Who Inhabited the Eastern Ohio Country.

The History of Fort Duquesne (1754-1758) and Fort Pitt (1761-1797).

Fort Pitt Blockhouse

Pittsburgh Bicentennial Commemorative Coin    Pittsburgh Bicentennial Commemorative Plate.    Pittsburgh Bicentennial Commemorative Coin

Bushy Run Battlefield Museum
Maps of Pittsburgh
The Brady Stewart Collection - Historic Images
George Washington at Fort Duquesne

Survey Maps Of The Original South Hills Land Claims - 1787

USS Pittsburgh ironclad - 1864.
USS Pittsburgh (1861) ironclad gunboat

USS Pittsburgh (CA-4) - 1920.
USS Pittsburgh (CA-4)

USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720)    USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720)

In the United States Navy, from 1861 until the present day,
four ships have carried the name USS Pittsburgh:

USS Pittsburgh (1861-1865)    USS Pittsburgh CA-4 (1905-1931)
USS Pittsburgh CA-72 (1944-1956)    USS Pittsburgh SSN-720 (1985-present)

USS Pittsburgh (CA-72).
USS Pittsburgh (CA-72)

USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720).
USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720)

From the Pittsburgh Press archives and the Brookline Connection:
 A History Of Pittsburgh And Western PA Troops In The War - 1919 

On May 31, 1918, the intent to form the country of Czechoslovakia
was formally declared at the Moose Hall in downtown Pittsburgh:

"The Pittsburgh Agreement"

The History of Coal Hill (Mount Washington)

The Indian Trail Steps

From Google Books:
"The History of Pittsburgh", printed in 1851.

The Boulevard of the Allies, the Jones and Laughlin
Steel Complex and Interstate 376 in 1958.

Crosstown Boulevard - 1963.

From the Post-Gazette archives:
EYEWITNESS: Civil War-Era Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Digs In, Prepares For War - June 1863
A Pittsburgh Century (1900-1999)
The Pittsburgh 250 Celebration
The '60 Bucs - Looking Back 50 Years
Steelers Immaculate Reception: The Play That Changed A City
A Tide Of Change - Pittsburgh's Economic Revival
Pittsburgh - Then and Now

Trolley crosses the Smithfield
Bridge enroute to the South Hills - 1967.

Steelworker watches molten steel
pour at the J&L Steel Works - 1942

From the Historical Center of Western Pennsylvania:
"Documenting Pitt", an online archive
Pittsburgh Historic Maps Collection
The Hopkins Map Collection (1872-1939)
Historic Pittsburgh Image Collection

From The Heinz History Center:
Fort Pitt Museum
250 Years Of Pittsburgh Innovation
Life In Western Pennsylvania

The history of the Wabash Pittsburgh Terminal Railway (1904-1916),
the
Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railroad (1916-1988) and the
current
Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad (1990-present).

The Pittsurgh Skyline crowned
 by a full moon in January 2007.

The Roberto Clemente Bridge
during All-Star Week in 2006.

For Interesting Information on Pittsburgh Sports Stadiums:
Fun Facts About Pittsburgh's Ball Parks

Youtube Videos:
Bill Mazeroski's World Series Winning Homer - 1960
Franco Harris' Immaculate Reception - 1972

Interactive Maps by Chris Olsen:
Pittsburgh Mapping and Historical Site Viewer

Pittsburgh Press features on the city's 10 Deadliest Roads in 1930, and
Pittsburgh's public playgrounds in 1930.

KDKA Newsradio (1020AM) has been broadcasting since November 2, 1920.
It is the world's first commercially licensed radio station.

The outdoor Spiral Staircase
of the Carnegie Building in 1952.

The Allegheny County
Courthouse - 1991.

Westinghouse Sign Animation

President John F. Kennedy in
Pittsburgh on Oct, 12, 1962.
President John Kennedy in Pittsburgh - October 12, 1962.

On September 14, 1964, Beatlemania came to Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation

From Wikipedia:
Whiskey Rebellion - The March on Pittsburgh
Dapper Dan Rounball Classic (1965-1992)
The Westinghouse Sign (1967-1998)
Pittsburgh Historic Landmarks
The History of Pittsburgh
Point State Park

The Point in downtown Pittsburgh
and the Point Bridge in 1927.

Point State Park in 1970.

The Golden Triangle

PNC Park on the North Shore

PNC Park and Heinz Field light up the North Shore.

From the mid-1700s to the dawn of the 21st century, the land situated between the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, at the junction where the waterways meet to form the Ohio River, has evolved from a frontier outpost into a bustling city, once the 6th largest in the country.

Hot Air Balloons Over Pittsburgh.

First considered the "Gateway to the West," then the "Steel Capital of the World," and now a "Center of Technology," Pittsburgh is consistently near the top on the list of America's "Most Livable Cities," a title first bestowed upon the city in 1985.

"'Most Livable City' Took Its Lumps Over Tag In 1985"
"Pittsburgh: America’s Most Livable City" - (2007)
"Pittsburgh Rated 'Most Livable' Once Again" - (2007)
"Pittsburgh ranked tops in U.S. by The Economist" (2009)
"Pittsburgh Named Most Livable City Again" (2010)
"The Economist Names Pittsburgh The Most Livable City (on the mainland) Again" (2014)

The David L. Lawrence Convention Center

The Rivers Casino on the North Shore.

At the heart of it all is downtown Pittsburgh, sitting on a parcel of land known world-wide as the Golden Triangle. Up until it's annexation in 1907, Pittsburgh's North Shore was known as the City of Allegheny. The two municipalities combined to unite the vista as one picturesque metropolis.

Blue Angels Over Pittsburgh - June 2014.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels flew over Pittsburgh on June 4, 2014.

Downtown Pittsburgh today is a unique combination of old and new, with 19th century structures mingled among the skyscrapers of the 20th and 21st century. The links below show the evolution of Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle over the last 250-plus years.

The Point - 1750
The Point - 1754
The Point - 1758
The Point - 1763
The Point - 1776
The Point - 1784
The Point - 1790
The Point - 1795
The Point - 1803
The Point - 1804
The Point - 1817
The Point - 1826
The Point - 1828
The Point - 1839
The Point - 1843
Fire of 1845
The Point - 1849
The Point - 1850
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Flood of 1907
The Point - 1909
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Proposal - 1913
The Point - 1916
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The Point - 1929
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The Point - 1932

The Point - 2000


Allegheny River
Monongehela River
Ohio River
The Fourth River





"The Moses Plan"

Point State Park
Construction
1950-1974



The Point in the Morning - January 2006

The Point - 1933
Flood of 1936
The Point - 1938
Proposal - 1939
The Point - 1940
The Point - 1942
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Proposal - 1961
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Flood of 1964
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Flood of 1972
The Point - 1974
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The Point - 1976
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The Point - 1995
Flood of 1996
The Point - 2000
The Point - 2004
Flood of 2004
The Point - 2006
The Point - 2007
The Point - 2009
The Point - 2010
The Point - 2011
The Point - 2012
The Point - 2013
The Point - 2014

Point State Park in 1970.

A Full Moon Over Pittsburgh - 2010.

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The Point of The Point - June 2014.

The Golden Triangle From Above

Point State Park in 1970.

Pittsburgh from an airplane.

Fireworks after a Pirates game at PNC Park - 2014.

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Proposed renovation of Point State Park,
unveiled in January of 2006. When work was
completed in 2008 it turned out really nice.
The great lawn is perfect for large events.

Christmas on Smithfield Street, Pittsburgh


For some fantastic photos of the Pittsburgh Skyline ...
www.pittsburghskyline.com

Sunrise in Pittsburgh

The Mount Washington Overlook.

Pittsburgh City Views - Yesterday and Today

The City of Pittsburgh shrouded
 in fog on a March 2007 morning.

The City of Pittsburgh shrouded
 in fog on a March 2007 morning.

525 William Penn Place
Alcoa Building
Allegheny General Hospital
Allegheny Observatory
Allegheny Riverfront
Armstrong Tunnels
Art Institute
B&O Railroad Depot
Benedum Center
Bigelow Boulevard
Bloomfield Bridge
Boulevard of the Allies
Brady Street Bridge
Buhl Planetarium
Burke Building
Carlow University
Carnegie Institute
Carnegie Music Hall
Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Tech
Castle Shannon Incline
Cathedral of Learning
Century III Mall
Chatham Center
Civic Arena
Coal Hill
Coca-Cola Clock
Consol Energy Center
Convention Center
Courthouse and Jail
Dollar Bank Building
Duquesne Brewing Company
Duquesne Club
Duquesne Incline
Duquesne University
East Busway
Eat'n Park Restaurant
Exposition Hall
Exposition Park
Farmer's Bank
Fifth Avenue Place
First National Bank
First Presbyterian Church
First Lutheran Church
Fitzgerald Field House
Forbes Field
Fort Duquesne
Fort Pitt
Fort Pitt Blockhouse
Fort Pitt Bridge
Fort Pitt Hotel
Fort Pitt Tunnels
Fort Duquesne Bridge
Freedom Trains in Pittsburgh
Frick Building
Frick Fine Arts Building
Frick Park
Gateway Center
Gateway Clipper Fleet
Giant Eagle Supermarkets
Grand Concourse
Grant Building
Graf Zeppelin over Pittsburgh
Greyhound Bus Station
Gulf Tower
Heinz 57 Varieties
Heinz Hall
Heinz Field
Highland Park Zoo
Hilton Hotel
Hot Metal Bridge
Hunt Armory
Indian Trail Steps
I 279 (Parkway North)
I 579 (Crosstown Blvd)
Jenkin's Arcade
Kaufmann's Clock
LST 512 in Pittsburgh
Lemont Restaurant
Liberty Bridge
Liberty Tunnels
Library Road (Route 88)
Light Rail System - "T"
Magee Women's Hospital
Market Square
Manchester Bridge
Mayors of Pittsburgh
McArdle Roadway
Mellon Bank Building
Mellon Center One

The Kaufmann's Clock





A Primanti Brothers Sandwich
A Pittsburgh Original.





A barge moves along
the Monongahela River.





The ornate architecture of the Park Building.

Mellon Square Plaza
Mercy Hospital
Mexican War Streets
Mon River Locks/Dams
Monongahela Bridge
Monongahela Incline
Montefiore Hospital
New Sports Stadium?
Nixon Theatre
Oxford Centre
PNC Park
PPG Place/PPG Plaza
Palumbo Center
Panhandle Bridge
Penn-Lincoln Parkway
Penn Brewery
Pennsylvania Canal
Pennsylvania RR Riots
Petersen Events Center
Phipps Conservatory
Pitt Stadium
Pittsburgh Brewery
Pittsburgh Coal Mines
Pittsburgh Coal Seam
Pittsburgh "Firsts"
Pgh & Castle Shannon RR
Pittsburgh Great Race
Pittsburgh Marathon
Pittsburgh Old Inclines
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post Office
Pittsburgh Press
Pittsburgh Steel Mills
Pittsburgh Steelerettes
Pittsburgher Hotel
Point Bridge I & II
Point Park University
Presbyterian Hospital
Primanti Brothers
Rivers Casino
Roberto Clemente Bridge
Saw Mill Run Creek
Saw Mill Run Boulevard
Schenley Hotel
Schenley Park
Seldom Seen Arch
Skinny Building
Skybus
Skyline History
Skyscrapers
Smithfield Church
Smithfield Street Bridge
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial
South Busway
South Hills Coal Company
South Hills Expressway
South Hills Junction
South Hills Village Mall
South Tenth Street Bridge
South Park
South Side Hospital
Station Square
Strip District
Syria Mosque
The Hump
The Mon Wharf
The Parking Chair
The Pittsburgh Potty
The River Junction
The Smokey City
Squirrel Hill Tunnel
Three Rivers Regatta
Three Rivers Stadium
Three Sisters Bridges
Trinity Cathedral
Trolleys Around Town
USS Requin Submarine
USS Pittsburgh
Union Bridge
Union Station
Union Trust Building
University of Pittsburgh
U.S. Steel Building
Wabash Railroad Bridge
Wabash Tunnel
Warhol Museum
West Busway
West End Bridge
Westinghouse Industries
West Liberty Avenue
William Penn Hotel

Horne's and Kaufmann's Department Stores

Kaufmanns Delivery Wagon - 1912.
Delivery wagons from Kaufmann's Big Store were a common site on Pittsburgh streets in 1912.

Joseph Horne's Department Store, founded in 1849.

Kaufmann's Department Store, founded in 1871.

Wikipedia:     Joseph Horne Company     Kaufmann's     Gimbel Brothers (Gimbels)

Bicentennial License Plate - 1976.

Pittsburgh - Renaissance and Renewal
by Edward K Muller

Amtrak train heads out of Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh Pride

Lightning over downtown Pittsburgh.

What's In A Name? - The Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates - 1896,
Louis Bierbauer is second from
the left in the second row
The 1896 Pittsburgh Pirates, featuring Louis Bierbauer (2nd row, 2nd from left). It was the
Bierbauer controversy, in 1891, that earned the organization the name "Pirates."

An "Act of Piracy" it was called after Manager Ed Hanlon signed a loose infielder claimed by the American Association. Thus the Pittsburgh Pirates came into being. The year was 1891, and the Alleghenys, as they had been known, were last in the National League, but improving. In the previous season they had accomplished the distinctive feat of winning 23 games while losing 113.

The Alleghenys were organized in 1876 as the city's first professional baseball club. Five years later they were playing in the new American Association, called the "Beer and Whiskey League" because most of its six teams were backed by liquor distillers. In 1887, they joined the National League and moved into Exposition Park, a former race track on the banks of the Allegheny River.

The Pirates played at Exposition Park
on the North Side from 1887 to 1909
A Pirates baseball game at Exposition Park, which stood on the North Shore from 1890 to 1915.

The hapless Alleghenys were the league's worst team, always finishing in last place. Then, in 1891, they acquired Louis Bierbauer, the disputed player, and became known around the league as the Pirates. The term stuck and soon was adopted as the team's official name. The alleged theft helped the team to their only winning season of the 19th century, a second place finish in 1893.

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Boston Red Sox
at the 1903 World Series.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox at the 1903 World Series. The Pirates lost the series, five games to three.

In 1900, Barney Dreyfuss brought his team up from Louisville and merged with the Pirates. The Pittsburgh franchise became instant winners, claiming National League Pennants from 1901 to 1903. They won Pittsburgh's first World Series title in 1909 and posted winning seasons in the first fourteen years of the 20th century.

The Pittsburgh Pirates - 1909    The Pittsburgh Pirates - 1909
Honus Wagner and the 1909 Pirates brought the first World Series title home to the City of Pittsburgh.

In the decades that followed, Pittsburgh won five more NL Pennants (1925, 1927, 1960, 1971, 1979) and another four World Series championships. Thirteen Pirates are enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame and many other HOF members had affiliations with the club.

The Pittsburgh Pirates Field of Dreams.
The Pittsburgh Pirates Field of Dreams - Front: Bob Friend, Kiki Cuyler, Willie Stargell, Roberto Clemente,
Ralph Kiner and Elroy Face. Back - Fred Clarke, Vernon Law, Paul Waner, Lloyd Waner, Wilbur Cooper,
Honus Wagner, Pie Traynor, Arky Vaughan, Max Carey, Bill Mazeroski and Danny Murtaugh.
The dream venue chosen is
Forbes Field, which stood in Oakland from 1909-1970.

Then, after unsuccessful playoff runs in 1990, 1991 and 1992, the storied franchise embarked on a monumental losing streak. From 1993 through 2012, the Pittsburgh Pirates posted losing seasons. The twenty-year slide was the longest of any professional franchise in North American sports history.

Tribune-Review Cartoon by Randy Bish - 9/8/2008.

During those two decades of depression, the Pirates often resembled the hapless Alleghenys of the late-1800s, and fans worried that the club may have to resort to another act of piracy to somehow climb out of the cellar of despair.

When all seemed lost, Manager Clint Hurdle, Andrew McCutchen and a scrappy group of young ballplayers came together and posted a spectacular 94-68 record in 2013. The Pirates not only broke the losing streak, they earned a playoff spot. After a wild card victory over Cincinnati, the Battling Buccos bowed out to St. Louis in the Divisional Series, three games to two.

The Pittsburgh Pirates - 2013.
The 2013 Pirates ended "The Streak" and brought the winning tradition back to da 'Burgh.

After twenty years of pent-up frustration, the Jolly Roger once again flies with pride over the City of Pittsburgh and the long-dormant Pirate Fever is alive and well. Who knows what the future will bring, but one thing is for certain, our beloved Pirates have built quite a fantastic legacy in their 130-plus years as a professional franchise.

Pittsburgh Pirates Mural located underneath the
Boulevard of the Allies viaduct at Ross Street.
The Pirates Mural features Kiki Cuyler, Ralph Kiner, Fred Clarke, Max Carey, Paul Waner, Lloyd Waner, Danny Murtaugh,
Josh Gibson, Arky Vaughn, Willie Stargell, Pie Traynor (kneeling), Bill Mazeroski, Roberto Clemente and Honus Wagner.
The mural is located underneath the Boulevard of the Allies viaduct at Ross Street and Second Avenue.

So what's in a name? The Pittsburgh Pirates may be synonymous with Major League Baseball, but the legacy of the Pirates of Pittsburgh reaches beyond the baseball diamond and also has roots in two other well-known professional sports.

Pittsburgh - The City of Champions

When modern NFL professional football came to the city on September 20, 1933, the first game was played at Forbes Field in front of 25,000 fans. The final score: New York Giants 23, Pittsburgh Pirates 2. The team, owned by Arthur J. Rooney, changed their name to Steelers in 1940.

Pittsburgh Pirates - 1933

Thirty-nine years later, the Pittsburgh Steelers combined with the Pittsburgh Pirates to give the city a new name. After the Pirates won the 1979 MLB championship and the Steelers won the 1979 NFL championship, Pittsburgh became known as the "City of Champions."

The Pittsburgh Pirates - 1979.    The Pittsburgh Steelers - 1979.

"City of Champions" proved a difficult title to hold on to. In the 1980s, the Pirates quickly fell into obscurity and the Steeler's championship years had run their course. In 1991 and 1992, the resurgent Pirates and the Pittsburgh Penguins came close to bringing the prestigious double-title back to the 'Burgh. Mario Lemieux and the Penguins hoisted the Stanley Cup as champions of the NHL after both seasons, but the Pirates fell short of a trip to the World Series in three consecutive playoff appearances.

Mario Lemeiux on the cover of Sports Illustrated - 6/8/92.  Former Pirate Sid Bream slides in safely at home
to beat the Pirates in Game 7 of the NLCS in 1992.
Mario Lemieux of the Penguins was Mr. Hockey in 1992, while former-Pirate Sid Bream, then with the Atlanta Braves,
slides in safely at home plate to defeat Pittsburgh in Game 7 of the 1992 National League championship series.

Then came 2009, the year of Big Ben and Sid the Kid. In February, Ben Roethlisberger led the Steelers to their second Super Bowl championship of the new millenium and sixth overall. The Penguins followed in June when Sidney Crosby and the Comeback Kids brought the Stanley Cup to Pittsburgh for the third time. On June 12, 2009, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, holder of the Lombardi Trophy and the Stanley Cup, was once again dubbed the "City of Champions."

Ben Roethlisberger hoists the
Vince Lombardi Trophy - 2/1/09.  Sidney Crosby brings the Stanley Cup
back to the City of Champions - 6/12/09.
Ben Roethlisberger hoists the Lombardi Trophy and Sidney Crosby brings home the Stanley Cup, both in 2009.

History has taught us that the official title may be as fleeting this time as it was thirty years ago, but what's in a name? For those of us who live in the land of Black and Gold, Pittsburgh will always be the City of Champions and we're proud of it.

The Pittsburgh Pirates Jersey - 1929/30.

What's In A Name?
A Final Note On The Pittsburgh Pirates:

The Pittsburgh Penguins joined the National Hockey League as an expansion team in 1969. This was not, however, Pittsburgh's first entry in the league. Back in 1925, the City of Pittsburgh became the seventh franchise in the young NHL, which was entering only it's ninth season. The club lasted a mere five seasons before being sold and relocated in 1930. The name of the city's first NHL team was ... The Pittsburgh Pirates!

The Pittsburgh Pirates - 1925.
The NHL Pittsburgh Pirates are shown below on Opening Night, December 2, 1925.

Believe it or not, the Pirate naming saga does not end with the NHL Pirates. In 1907, the Western Pennsylvania Hockey League, the first professional ice hockey league in North America, was in need of two new teams in order to continue as a viable association. One of the teams to enter the league was called the Pittsburgh Lyceum, and the other team was the Pittsburgh Pirates. The franchise competed for only one season.

Pittsburgh Pirates (NHL) 1929-30 Team Logo           Pittsburgh Pirates (NHL) 1929-30 Team Logo

History of Pittsburgh Professional Sports Franchises

Pittsburgh has always been a sports town. Professional baseball began here in 1876. The Pittsburgh Alleghenies Baseball Club was established in 1882 and in 1887 joined the big East Coast cities in the National League. The Alleghenies, who soon changed their name to the Pittsburgh Pirates, were the City's first official professional sports franchise.

The origins of professional football have their roots in Pittsburgh. On November 12, 1892, a player named William "Pudge" Heffelfinger signed a contract, and was paid $500, to play in a game for the Allegheny Athletic Association against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club. He was the first footballer to be openly employed to play the game. The milestone is honored with a plaque near the location of old Recreation Park on the North Side.

The sport of professional ice hockey also has its origins in Pittsburgh. The Western Pennsylvania Hockey League, at the turn the 20th Century, was the first association to openly employ professionals. Pittsburgh was the first city in North America to have an artificial ice surface, located in the Schenley Park Casino. Ice Hockey was later played at the Duquesne Gardens. In 1925, the Pittsburgh Pirates hockey club was granted the seventh franchise in the fledgling National Hockey League.

Another little-known first for the city of Pittsburgh was the introduction of sideline cheerleaders to the world of NFL football. The Pittsburgh Steelerettes were formed in 1961 in an effort to prop up sales for the then-struggling franchise. The girls were students at the Robert Morris School of Business. The conservatively-dressed Steelerettes cheered at home games until the group was disbanded in 1970.

Let's face it. Professional sports are big in the 'Burgh, and it's not just baseball, football and hockey. The City has been represented in a variety of pro sports leagues. Basketball, soccer, tennis, lacrosse, roller derby, rugby and roller hockey have all seen professional franchises here in Pittsburgh. Many of these teams have lasted only a year or two. But some, like the Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer club, have been around for several years and have prospered.

Pittsburgh Sports collage on the wall at
Primanti's Restaurant in Market Square.

Fifty-two individual professional franchises have been identified as being
from Pittsburgh. This is not an all-inclusive list. There may be more.
These are what we've uncovered so far:

Baseball

Pittsburgh Pirates (1882-present)
Homestead Grays (1912-1950)
Pittsburgh Crawfords (1930-1938)
Pittsburgh Keystones (1922)
Pittsburgh Rebels (1912-1915)
Pittsburgh Burghers (1890)
Pittsburgh Stogies (1884)

Hockey

Pittsburgh Penguins (1967-present)
Pittsburgh Hornets (1937-1956), (1961-1967)
Pittsburgh Shamrocks (1935-1936)
Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets (1915-1925), (1930-1932), (1935-1937)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1925-1930)
Pittsburgh Bankers (1900-1904), (1907-1909)
Pittsburgh Lyceum (1907-1909)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1907-1908)
Pittsburgh Professionals (1904-1907)
Pittsburgh Victorias (1902-1904)
Pittsburgh Athletic Club (1895-1904), (1907-1909)
Pittsburgh Duquesnes (1895-1901,1908-1909)
Pittsburgh Keystones (1895-1904)
Duquesne Country and Athletic Club (1895-1900)

Football

Pittsburgh Steelers (1945-present)
Card-Pitt (1944)
Phil-Pitt Steagles (1943)
Pittsburgh Steelers (1940-1942)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1933-1939)
Pittsburgh Colts (1979-present)
Pittsburgh Maulers (1984)
Pittsburgh Americans (1936-1937)
Pittsburgh Lyceum (1906-1910)
Pittsburgh Stars (1902)
Pittsburgh Atheltic Club (1891-1898)
Allegheny Athletic Association (1890-1896)

Farmers Bank Mural - 1992

Basketball

Pittsburgh Phantoms (2009-2010)
Pittsburgh Xplosion (2005-2008)
Pittsburgh Piranhas (1994-1995)
Pittsburgh Condors (1970-1972)
Pittsburgh Pipers (1967-1968), (1969-1970)
Pittsburgh Rens (1961-1963)
Pittsburgh Ironmen (1946-1947)

Soccer

Pittsburgh Riverhounds (1999-present)
Pittsburgh Stingers (1994-1995)
Pittsburgh Spirit (1978-1986)
Pittsburgh Phantoms (1967)

Arena Football

Pittsburgh Power (2011-present)
Pittsburgh River Rats (2007)
Pittsburgh Gladiators (1987-1990)

Women's Football

Pittsburgh Passion (2003-present)
Pittsburgh Force (2009-present)
Steel City Renegades (2010-present)

Tennis

Pittsburgh Triangles (1974-1977)

Rugby

Pittsburgh Sledgehammers (2011-present)
Pittsburgh Vipers (2010)

Roller Hockey

Pittsburgh Phantoms (1994)

Roller Derby

Steel City Derby Demons (2006)

Lacrosse

Pittsburgh CrosseFire (2000)
Pittsburgh Bulls (1990-1993)

Pittsburgh Steeler Collage.

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Pittsburgh Sports Logos Throughout The Years

Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB)
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Stingers
Pittsburgh Spirit
Pittsburgh Crawfords
Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Pittsburgh Sledgehammers
Pittsburgh Xplosion
Pittsburgh Passion
Pittsburgh Shamrocks
Pittsburgh Condors
Pittsburgh Triangles
Pittsburgh River Rats
Pittsburgh Vipers
Pittsburgh Phantoms (basketball)
Pittsburgh Maulers
Pittsburgh Hornets
Homestead Grays
Steel City Renegades
Pittsburgh Colts
Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets
Pittsburgh Phantoms (soccer)
Pittsburgh Phantoms (roller hockey)
Pittsburgh Rebels
Pittsburgh Piranhas
Pittsburgh Burghers
Pittsburgh CrosseFire
Pittsburgh Pirates (NHL)
Pittsburgh Gladiators
Pittsburgh Bulls
Pittsburgh Pipers
Pittsburgh Rens
Steel City Derby Demons
Pittsburgh Triangles 1976
Pittsburgh Pipers
Pittsburgh Pirates (NFL) 1933-1939,
before name change to Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pittsburgh Pirates (NHL) 1929-30
Pittsburgh Keystones

Pittsburgh Force
Pittsburgh Power

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Pittsburgh Pirate Baseball Logos Since 1936

2010-present

1997-2009
1987-1996
1968-1986
1960-1967
1948-1959
1936-1947


The Lumber Company - 1976.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Logos Since 1967

1992-2001

1972-1992
1968-1972
1967-1968


Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemeiux.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and The Steelmark Logo

Regarding logos, while some teams prefer to change their standard every ten years or so, the Pittsburgh Steelers football franchise has only had one logo. The Steelmark was introduced in 1962. Prior to that the team's helmets were solid gold, with no emblem.

The Steelers are the only NFL team that puts its logo on just one side of the helmet (the right side). A year after the introduction of the Steelmark, in 1963, the team switched to black helmets to make their new logo stand out. It's been that way ever since. When you come up with a winner, stick with it!

Simplicity and Elegance

 

The Steel Curtain in 1974.

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Pittsburgh Championship Rings

To the victors go the spoils. Below are images of the championship rings awarded
to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh Steelers
after their title winning seasons. Diamonds and Gold!

Pittsburgh Pirates
(1909, 1925, 1960, 1971, 1979)

Pittsburgh Pirates World Series Championship Rings.

Note: The 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates received a championship pin instead of a championship ring.

For a website that shows images of all of the World Series rings over the years.
<www.worldseriesrings.net>

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Pittsburgh Penguins
(1991, 1992, 2009)

Penguins Stanley Cup Championship Rings.

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Pittsburgh Steelers
(1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 2005, 2008)

Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Rings.

For a website that shows images of all of the Super Bowl rings, including
both the rings awarded to the winning team and the losing team.

<www.sports-rings.com>

Pittsburgh Steelers Uniforms throughout the years.

Brookline History