Historical Facts and Photos
Brookline and Pittsburgh - The First 260 Years and Counting
(1754 - present)

      Brookline History

  Brookline History 260
  Schools and Recreation
  Brookline Maps
  Brookline Aerial Views
  Pittsburghese and Brooklinese
  Pittsburgh/Brookline Population
  Pittsburg or Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh History      

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The Golden Triangle  
Pittsburgh City Council  
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Pittsburgh City Views  
What's In A Name?  
Pittsburgh Sports Franchises  

Independence Day Parade along
 Brookline Boulevard - 1959.
The Independence Day Parade along Brookline Boulevard on July 4, 1959.

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Brookline History 260

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 260 Years (1754-2014)

Brookline 260, attempts to explore the first 260 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 260 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.

Note: A large collection of Brookline Journals dating from 1947 through 1962 has been rediscovered. A decade ago, they formed the foundation of much of our research from that time period. Now that they are again available, over the next few months it is planned to scan all of these years and combine them in one large online Journal catalogue. Two years have been completed so far ...

1951 Year In Review *** 1951 Brookline Journal Collection

1952 Year In Review *** 1952 Brookline Journal Collection

Brookline Savings and Trust - 1953
The Brookline Savings and Trust Company was formed in 1926. It played a big part in the growth
of the community. The bank was sold in 1969 and is currently a branch office of PNC Bank.

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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 1851>
<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>

<Map Showing Brookline Voting Wards>

<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 the peculiar street names.

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 seventy separate subdivisions.

Along with development comes the loss of old homes and buildings that
were once a vital part of the fabric of the community. To see many
of these forgotten images visit our feature page:
Lost Brookline.

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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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<Brookline As Seen From Above - Fall 2014>
* Photos and Short Video by Matt Lackner *

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

<Google Brookline - 2014 Satellite Images>

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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.


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


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. Documents throughout the late 1700s and early 1800s refer to the area as the 'Manor of Pittsburgh,' the 'Town of Pittsburgh' or the 'Borough of Pittsburgh. The 'h' is firmly intact in all referrals. The only exception to this standard occurred during the time period from 1890-1911.

On a federal level, with regards to the official naming of locations and things, as the country expanded and technology evolved, the need for standardization arose. 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 United States.

At that time, some states actually had as many as five different towns with the same name which, understandably, caused confusion. In Pittsburgh's case, although the name of the municipality was always intended to have an 'h', a simple typographical error in 1816 had some not so simple consequences.

When Pittsburgh was being incorporated as a city in 1816, a printer’s error dropped the 'h' from the end, even though the original city charter included it. Throughout the rest of the 1800s 'Pittsburg' without the 'h' turned up here and there in newspapers and other printed material, but official documents always retained the 'h'. Pittsburgh with the 'h' was the most common spelling. It seemed no one much cared about the occasional misspelling, for a while.

Seventy-four years after the typo, as the Board announced their decision on the naming issue, they went to so far as to insert a special section in their report citing Pittsburg’s erroneously printed charter documents of 1816 as being correct, stating that the ‘h’ had been added unofficially added by the post office.

With this in mind, 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' in the spirit of uniformity.

Some residents were pleased with the decision, but the majority were not. Those who liked the Pittsburgh without the 'h' reasoned that it seemed more modern. Those who disliked the ruling argued that the city would no longer be unique, making it as commonplace as the many other Pittsburgs throughout the land.

The proud citizens of Pittsburgh who disliked the ruling and consider their 'Burgh an obvious historical exception, refused to give in to the Board's ruling. A campaign was mounted to keep the traditional spelling. Ironically, William 'H.' Davis spearheaded the effort, enlisting the backing of Pennsylvania's U.S. Senator George T. Oliver in the battle.

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 Senator 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.

With pride in Pittsburgh, and firm in the belief that our city is better with the 'h' than without it, July 19 is commonly referred to as 'H' Day in the city of Pittsburgh.

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

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The Sister City movement in the United States was launched by President Eisenhower in 1956 as the "People-to-People Program," whose purpose was to establish friendship and deepen understanding between the people of the United States and the peoples of other nations through direct contact. Founded in 1956 as a direct outgrowth of President Eisenhower's initiative, Sister Cities International was formed. It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that serves as the national membership organization for individual Sister Cities, counties, and states across the United States. This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in 140 countries on six continents.

In the United States, "Sister Cities" denotes the formal relationship between two communities consummated by the signature of the mayors of both cities and recognized by Sister Cities International. "Friendship City" relationships refer to a partnership that is less formal and more limited in scope. The establishment of a friendship city relationship can be an important step in building the foundation for a long-term vibrant and sustainable Sister City relationship.

A Sister City relationship is created when a municipality decides to partner with a municipality in another country to deepen global understanding, learn from each another through the exchange of "best practices," and to develop meaningful long-term economic, educational, and cultural exchanges. A Sister City is a sustained formal partnership between to communities. These partnerships can serve as the foundation for a diverse range of activities, and include every type of local government, business, professional, educational, and cultural exchanges or projects.

Since the 1950s, the City of Pittsburgh has established twenty Sister City partnerships:

Bilbao, Spain
Donetsk, Ukraine
Fernando de la Mora, Paraguay
Karmiel, Israel
Matanzas, Cuba
Misgav, Israel
Omiya, Japan
Ostrava, Czech Republic
Presov, Slovakia
Saarbrucken, Germany

Saitama City (Urawa), Japan
San Isidro, Nicaragua
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Sofia, Bulgaria
Wuhan, China
Zagreb, Croatia
Skopje, Macedonia
Da Nang, Vietnam
Naucalpan, Mexico
Gaziantep, Turkey

Dragon Bridge - Da Nang, Vietnam.    Zagreb, Croatia.
The Dragon Bridge (left) in Da Nang, Vietnam, and an open square in downtown Zagreb, Croatia, in January 2018.

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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:

Anthony Coghill
Anthony Coghill

Natalia Rudiak
Natalia Rudiak

Jim MOtznik
Jim Motznik

Michael Diven
Michael Diven

Joe Cusick
Joe Cusick

Jack Wagner
Jack Wagner

District 4 Councilwoman Anthony Coghill being
sworn in on January 3, 2018.
District 4 Councilman Anthony Coghill being sworn in By Judge Jim Motznik on January 3, 2018.

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:
Anthony Coghill (2018-present)
Natalia Rudiak (2010-2018)
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:
Erika Strassburger (2018-present)
Dan Gilman (2014-2018)
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 *

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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>

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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   Pittsburgh ... Someplace Special

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

Looking Southeast towards 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).

The Siege of Pittsborough - 1763

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)

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

Commander James Deichler - February 2018.
On January 12, 2018, a Pittsburgh native, Commander James Deichler, took command
of the Los Angeles class submarine USS Pittsburgh (SSN-720).

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 

 The Saga Of The WWI Veterans Bonus Army And Their War Bonus - 1932/36 

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)

Pittsburgh Coal Company Stock Certificate.

The Indian Trail Steps

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

Sketches of Downtown Pittsburgh (circa 1890)

For five decades, a continuous procession of Union Railroad trains
brought molten slag to
Brown's Dump in West Mifflin.

Brown's Dump - West Mifflin Slag Mountain   Brown's Dump - West Mifflin Slag Mountain

A Five Dollar Bill issued by the
Farmers Deposit National Bank of Pittsburgh.

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 '60 Bucs - Looking Back 50 Years
Steelers Immaculate Reception: The Play That Changed A City
A Tide Of Change - Pittsburgh's Economic Revival
The Evolution Of Mario Lemieux
Pittsburgh - Then and Now

Vehicles on Sixth Street in 1917.

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

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

The first Gulf Oil Station was located
at Baum Boulevard and St. Clair - 1913.

From the University of Pittsburgh Library System:
Archives and Special Collections
"Documenting Pitt", an online archive
Historic Pittsburgh
The Hopkins Map Collection (1872-1939)
Digital Online Image Collection
Pittsburgh Public School Photographs
Historic Pittsburgh Image Collection - City Photographer

Shirley Jones - Miss Pittsburgh 1952

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),
Pittsburgh and West Virginia Railroad (1916-1988) and the
Wheeling and Lake Erie Railroad (1990-present).

Pittsburgh in 2014. Dave DiCello Photo.

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

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

Forbes Field

Youtube Videos:
Bill Mazeroski's World Series Winning Homer - 1960
Radio Broadcast - Game 7 - 1960 World Series
Final Three Innings - Game 7 - 1960 World Series
Full Broadcast - Game 7 - 1971 World Series
Full Broadcast - Game 7 - 1979 World Series
Franco Harris' Immaculate Reception - 1972
1974 Pittsburgh Steelers Highlights
1975 Pittsburgh Steelers Highlights
1978 Pittsburgh Steelers Highlights
1979 Pittsburgh Steelers Highlights
Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XL Highlights
Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XLIII Full Game


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

Interactive Pittsburgh Maps:
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.


Westinghouse Sign Animation

The outdoor Spiral Staircase
of the Carnegie Building in 1952.

The Allegheny County
Courthouse - 1991.

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 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
The Point - 1852
The Point - 1854
The Point - 1855
The Point - 1859
The Point - 1871
The Point - 1875
The Point - 1877
The Point - 1880
The Point - 1885
The Point - 1889
The Point - 1890
The Point - 1892
The Point - 1896
The Point - 1900
The Point - 1902
The Point - 1905
Flood of 1907
The Point - 1909
The Point - 1910
The Point - 1912
Proposal - 1913
The Point - 1916
The Point - 1918
The Point - 1920
The Point - 1923
The Point - 1924
The Point - 1926
The Point - 1929
The Point - 1930
The Point - 1931
The Point - 1932
The Point - 1933
Flood of 1936

The Point - 2000

Allegheny River
Monongehela River
Ohio River
The Fourth River

"The Moses Plan"

Point State Park

The Point in the Morning - January 2006

The Point - 1938
Proposal - 1939
The Point - 1940
The Point - 1942
The Point - 1943
The Point - 1945
The Point - 1947
The Point - 1948
The Point - 1949
The Point - 1950
The Point - 1951
The Point - 1952
The Point - 1954
The Point - 1955
The Point - 1956
The Point - 1957
The Point - 1958
The Point - 1960
The Point - 1961
Proposal - 1961
The Point - 1963
Flood of 1964
The Point - 1965
The Point - 1969
The Point - 1970
Flood of 1972
The Point - 1974
The Point - 1975
The Point - 1976
The Point - 1980
The Point - 1983
The Point - 1985
The Point - 1988
The Point - 1990
The Point - 1991
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
Middle Earth Map
The Point - 2015

<Detailed History of Floods, Snowstorms and Tornados in Pittsburgh>

<The Growth of Pittsburgh - Annexation and Population>

For some fantastic photos of the Pittsburgh Skyline ...

Point State Park in 1970.

A Full Moon Over Pittsburgh - 2010.

The Point of The Point - June 2014.

The Golden Triangle Aglow At Night From Above

Pittsburgh at night from an airplane.

Pittsburgh at night from an airplane.

Pittsburgh at night from an airplane.

A Great City Has Grown

On November 23, 1753, George Washington, a twenty-one year old major in the British Colonial Army, surveyed the land surrounding the junction of the Monongahela River and the Belle Riviere. The young major predicted that on this spot there would someday grow a great city. Legend has it that the Revolutionary War hero and future President of the United States could never tell a lie. In this case he couldn't have been more accurate.

A double rainbow over the Golden Triangle
April 7, 2015 - Post-Gazette Photo.

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

A tug pushing nine barges moves downriver along
the Monongahela and under several bridges.

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.

16th Street Bridge
525 William Penn Place
Alcoa Building
Allegheny County Fair
Allegheny General Hospital
Allegheny Observatory
Allegheny Riverfront
Armstrong Tunnel
Art Institute
B&O Railroad Depot
Benedum Center
Bigelow Boulevard
Birmingham Bridge
Bloomfield Bridge
Boulevard of the Allies
Brady Street Bridge
Brown's Slag Dump
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
City-County Building
Civic Arena
Coal Hill
Coca-Cola Clock
Corliss Tunnel
Convention Center
Courthouse and Jail
D. L. Clark Company
Dravo Corporation
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
Highmark Stadium
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
Mellon Square Plaza
Mercy Hospital
Mexican War Streets

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.

Mon River Locks/Dams
Monongahela Bridge
Monongahela Incline
Montefiore Hospital
Neeld Tunnel
New Sports Stadium?
Nixon Theatre
One PNC Plaza
Oxford Centre
P&LERR Railroad
PNC Park
PPG Place/PPG Plaza
PPG Paints Arena
Palumbo Center
Panhandle Bridge
Penn-Lincoln Parkway
Penn Brewery
Pennsylvania Canal
Pennsylvania Railroad
Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge
Pennsylvania RR Riots
Petersen Events Center
Phipps Conservatory
Pitt Stadium
Pittsburgh Athletic Assoc.
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
Skyline History
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 Park Drive-In
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 PNC Plaza
Three Rivers Regatta
Three Rivers Stadium
Three Sisters Bridges
Tower at PNC Plaza
Trinity Cathedral
Trolleys Around Town
Two PNC Plaza
USS Requin Submarine
USS Pittsburgh
Union Bridge
Union Station
Union Trust Building
University of Pittsburgh
U.S. Steel Building
USS Jenks (DE-665)
Wabash Railroad Bridge
Wabash Tunnel
Warhol Museum
West Busway
West End Bridge
Westinghouse Industries
West Liberty Avenue
White Swan Park
William Penn Hotel

Pittsburgh Point - December 2014.

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

Joseph Horne's Department Store, founded in 1849.   Kaufmann's Department Store, founded in 1871.
Joseph Hornes (left), founded in 1849, and Kaufmann's Department Store, founded in 1871.

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

Bicentennial License Plate - 1976.

Pittsburgh Federal Air Marshall

Myron Copes Terrible Towel.

Heinz Delivery Wagon - 1903.
Heinz delivery wagons, like this one here in 1903, were also seen often along Pittsburgh streets.

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.

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.

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

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 flew with pride over the City of Pittsburgh and the long-dormant Pirate Fever proved to be alive and well. Wild Card playoff appearances followed in 2014 and 2015 before the team fell back into a losing rythym.

Several key players from those winning teams were traded away. After the 2017 season, when management traded pitcher Gerritt Cole and outfielder Andrew McCutchen, fans knew that the long road to recovery had begun again. Who knows what the future holds in store for the Pirate faithful, but one thing is for certain, our beloved Buccos 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

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 taught us that the official title was as fleeting this time as it was thirty years ago. Like before, it was here and then it was gone. Then, after nearly a decade, Sidney Crosby led the Penguins to two more Stanley Cup Championships in 2017 and 2018, but Big Ben and the Steelers came up short both years in the NFL playoffs, falling in the AFC championship game in 2017 and the divisional playoffs in 2018.

But, when all is said and done, what's really 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

The City of Pittsburgh has always been a a town with a rich professional sports history. It doesn't matter if the event is baseball, football, hockey or any of a variety of other athletic competitions, Pittsburghers have always rallied to support the home team. Historically, collegiate athletics have always been popular among the home crowd. But, when it comes to professional sports, Steel City fans can take fanaticism to fantastic levels.

The National Pastime

Professional baseball in North America began in 1871. Here in Pittsburgh, athletic clubs formed independant professional teams beginning in 1876. The Pittsburgh Alleghenies Baseball Club was established in October 1881, and became a charter member of the American Association.

In 1887, the team left the A.A. to join the big East Coast cities in the emerging National League. The Alleghenies, would soon changed their name to the Pittsburgh Pirates. They were the City of Pittsburgh's first official professional sports franchise and one of the longest standing clubs in the history of the game.

Birthplace Of Professional Football And Ice Hockey

On a national level, the origin of professional football has its roots right here in Pittsburgh. On November 12, 1892, a player from Chicago and three-time Yale All-American named William "Pudge" Heffelfinger signed a contract, and was paid a $500 bonus, 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 teams were members of the Western Pennsylvania Circuit, a loose association of reportedly amateur Athletic Clubs operating in the local area.

After 1892, the member clubs all began the practice of covertly recruiting and signing players to contracts. In 1896, the Allegheny Athletic Club, owned by William Chase, became the first openly professional team. From then on the practice of member clubs paying players became standard, and the league was hence known as the Western Pennsylvania Professional Football League.

Pudge Heffelfinger           William Chase
Pudge Heffelfinger, the first professional football player, and William Chase,
the first sole owner of a professional football team.

The sport of professional ice hockey also has its origin 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 Pittsburgh Professional First

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.

Over A Century Of Steel City Sports

Let's face it. Professional sports are big in the 'Burgh, and it's not just baseball, football and hockey. Over the past century-plus, the City has been represented in a number of professional franchises in a variety of sports.

Basketball, soccer, team tennis, lacrosse, roller derby, rugby, roller hockey, women's football and arena football have all seen pro teams here in Pittsburgh. Many of these organizations have lasted only a year or two. Some, like the Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer club and the Pittsburgh Passion football team, have been around for several years and have prospered.

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

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


Pittsburgh Pirates (1882-present)
Homestead Grays (1912-1950)
Pittsburgh Crawfords (1930-1938)
Pittsburgh Keystones (1922)
Pittsburgh Rebels (1914-1915)
Pittsburgh Stogies (1913)
Pittsburgh Filipinos (1912)
Pittsburgh Burghers (1890)
Pittsburgh Stogies (1884)


Pittsburgh Penguins (1967-present)
Pittsburgh Hornets (1961-1967)
Pittsburgh Hornets (1937-1956)
Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets (1935-1937)
Pittsburgh Shamrocks (1935-1936)
Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets (1930-1932)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1925-1930)
Fort Pitt Hornets (1924-1925)
Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets (1915-1925)
Pittsburgh Duquesnes (1908-1909)
Pittsburgh Bankers (1907-1909)
Pittsburgh Lyceum (1907-1909)
Pittsburgh Athletic Club (1907-1909)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1907-1908)
Pittsburgh Professionals (1904-1907)
Pittsburgh Victorias (1902-1904)
Pittsburgh Keystones (1901-1904)
Pittsburgh Bankers (1899-1904)
Western University of Pennsylvania (1896-1900)
Pittsburgh Casino (1896)
Pittsburgh Athletic Club (1896-1904)
Pittsburgh Duquesne (1896-1901)


Pittsburgh Steelers (1945-present)
Pittsburgh Maulers (1984)
Card-Pitt (1944)
Phil-Pitt Steagles (1943)
Pittsburgh Steelers (1940-1942)
Pittsburgh Americans (1936-1937)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1933-1939)
Pittsburgh Lyceum (1906-1910)
Pittsburgh Stars (1902)
Homestead Athletic Club (1895-1901)
Duquesne Country and Athletic Club (1895-1900)
Pittsburgh Athletic Club (1891-1898)
Allegheny Athletic Association (1890-1896)

Farmers Bank Mural - 1992


Steel City Yellow Jackets (2014-present)
Pittsburgh Bullets (2011-present)
Pittsburgh Phantoms (2009-2010)
Pittsburgh Xplosion (2005-2008)
Pittsburgh Piranhas (1994-1995)
Pittsburgh Condors (1970-1972)
Pittsburgh Pipers (1969-1970)
Pittsburgh Pipers (1967-1968)
Pittsburgh Rens (1961-1963)
Pittsburgh Ironmen (1946-1947)


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

Arena Football

Pittsburgh Power (2011-2014)
Pittsburgh River Rats (2007)
Pittsburgh Gladiators (1987-1990)

Women's Football

Pittsburgh Passion (2003-present)
Three Rivers Xplosion (2011-present)
Pittsburgh Force (2009-2014)
Steel City Renegades (2010-2011)

Team Tennis

Pittsburgh Triangles (1974-1977)

Semi-Pro Football

Pittsburgh Colts (1979-present)
Pittsburgh Lyceum (1911-1924)
J.P. Rooneys (1921-1932)


Pittsburgh Sledgehammers (2011)
Pittsburgh Vipers (2010)

Roller Hockey

Pittsburgh Phantoms (1994)

Roller Derby

Steel City Derby Demons (2006-present)


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

Pittsburgh Steeler Collage.

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Pittsburgh Sports Logos Throughout The Years

Pittsburgh Pirates
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
Three Rivers Xplosion
Pittsburgh Bullets
Pittsburgh Keystones
Pittsburgh Ironmen
Pittsburgh Pirates (NHL) 1929-30
Steel City Yellow Jackets

Pittsburgh Force
Pittsburgh Power

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Pittsburgh Pirate Baseball Logos Since 1900



Pittsburgh Pirate Alternate Logos Since 1936


The Lumber Company - 1976.

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Pittsburgh Penguins Hockey Logos Since 1967


Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemeiux.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Football Logos Since 1933


1940-1942, 1945-1953
Pittsburgh Pirates (NFL) 1933-1939,
before name change to Pittsburgh Steelers.

During World War II, The Art Rooney and the Pittsburgh Steelers were forced by financial necessity to merge with other teams in order to continue operations. In 1943, the team merged with the Philadelphia Eagles to form a team called the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia Steagles. In 1944, the team merged with the Chicago Cardinals to for a team called Card-Pitt. In 1945, with the war over, the Pittsburgh Steelers once again stood on their own.

Pittsburgh-Philadelphia Steagles
Card-Pitt 1944

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.

Pittsburgh Pirates - 1909 World Series Champs
The 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pittsburgh Pirates - 1925 World Series Champs  Pittsburgh Pirates - 1960 World Series Champs
The 1925 and the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pittsburgh Pirates - 1971 World Series Champs  Pittsburgh Pirates - 1979 World Series Champs
The 1971 and the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Pittsburgh Penguins
(1991, 1992, 2009, 2016, 2017)

Penguins Stanley Cup Championship Rings.

Pittsburgh Penguins - 1990/1991 Stanley Cup Champs  Pittsburgh Penguins - 1991/1992 Stanley Cup Champs
The 1990/1991 and the 1991/1992 Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh Penguins - 2008/2009 Stanley Cup Champs
The 2008/2009 Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh Penguins - 2015/2016 Stanley Cup Champs  Pittsburgh Penguins - 2016/2017 Stanley Cup Champs
The 2015/2016 and the 2016/2017 Pittsburgh Penguins.

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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.


Pittsburgh Steelers - 1974 Super Bowl Champs  Pittsburgh Steelers - 1975 Super Bowl Champs
The 1974 and the 1975 Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pittsburgh Steelers - 1978 Super Bowl Champs  Pittsburgh Steelers - 1979 Super Bowl Champs
The 1978 and the 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pittsburgh Steelers - 2005 Super Bowl Champs  Pittsburgh Steelers - 2008 Super Bowl Champs
The 2005 and the 2008 Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pittsburgh Steelers Uniforms throughout the years.

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Other Pittsburgh Championship Sports Teams


Homestead Grays

NNL Champions - 1931, 1937, 1938, 1939,
1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1948

World Series Champions - 1943, 1944, 1948

Homestead Grays - NNL Champions - 1931  Homestead Grays - NNL Champions - 1937
The 1931 and the 1937 Homestead Grays.

Homestead Grays - NNL Champions - 1939  Homestead Grays - NNL Champions - 1942
The 1939 and the 1942 Homestead Grays.

Homestead Grays - NNL Champions - 1943
The 1943 Homestead Grays.

Pittsburgh Crawfords

NNL Champions - 1935, 1936

Pittsburgh Crawfords NNL Champions - 1935

Pittsburgh Filipinos

USBL Champions - 1913

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Pittsburgh Pipers

ABA Champions - 1967/68

Pittsburgh Pipers ABA Champions - 1967/68
The 1967-68 Pittsburgh Pipers, featuring MVP Connie Hawkins.

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Pittsburgh Hornets

AHL Calder Cup Champions - 1951/1952,
1954/1955, 1966/1967

Pittsburgh Hornets Calder Cup Champions - 1951/52
The 1951-52 Pittsburgh Hornets.

Pittsburgh Hornets Calder Cup Champions - 1954/55  Pittsburgh Hornets Calder Cup Champions - 1966/67
The 1954-55 and the 1966-67 Pittsburgh Hornets.

Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets

USAHA Champions - 1923/1924, 1924/1925

Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets USAHA Champions - 1923/24

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Women's Football

Pittsburgh Passion

NWFA Champions - 2007; IWFA Champions - 2014, 2015

Pittsburgh Passion NWFL Champions - 2007  Pittsburgh Passion IWFL Champions - 2014
The 2007 and 2014 Pittsburgh Passion, owned by former-Steeler Franco Harris.

Pittsburgh Passion IWFL Champions - 2015
The 2015 Pittsburgh Passion, back-to-back IWFL Champions.

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Team Tennis

Pittsburgh Triangles

WTT Champions - 1975

1975 Pittsburgh Triangles  Triangles win the title!
The 1975 Pittsburgh Triangles (left); Evonne Goolagong and Coach Vic Edwards hoist the WTT Cup in 1975.
Triangles General Manager
Dan McGibbeny stands in the back.

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Western Pennsylvania Hockey League

The original professional hockey league, made up of athletic clubs from Western
Pennsylvania. Players from across North America were contracted to play.
The season title-holder was considered the national champion.

Pittsburgh Bankers

WPHL Champions - 1902/03, 1907/08

Pittsburgh Bankers WPHL Champions - 1923/24
The 1907/1908 Pittsburgh Bankers.

Pittsburgh Athletic Club

WPHL Champions - 1898/99, 1899/00, 1900/01

Pittsburgh Athletic Club WPHL Champions - 1900/1901
The 1900/1901 Pittsburgh Athletic Club.

Pittsburgh Keystones

WPHL Champions - 1901/1902

Pittsburgh Keystones WPHL Champions - 1901/1902
The 1901/1902 Pittsburgh Keystones.

Pittsburgh Duquesne

WPHL Champions - 1908/1909

Pittsburgh Victorias

WPHL Champions - 1903/1904

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Western Pennsylvania Professional Football Circuit

The original professional football league, made up of athletic clubs from Western
Pennsylvania. Players from around the country were contracted to play.
The season title-holder was considered the national champion.

Pittsburgh Lyceum

WPPFC Champions - 1907, 1908

Pittsburgh Stars

WPPFC/NFL Champions - 1902

Homestead Athletic Club

WPPFC Champions - 1900, 1901

Duquesne Country and Athletic Club

WPPFC Champions - 1895, 1898, 1899

Pittsburgh Athletic Club

WPPFC Champions - 1891

Allegheny Athletic Association

WPPFC Champions - 1890, 1892, 1894, 1896

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Semi-Pro Football

Pittsburgh Colts

GFL Champions - 2009

J.P. Rooneys

WPSIFC Champions - 1931, 1932

Note: The J.P. Rooneys team was founded in 1921 by Art Rooney, who was a player-coach. Rooney played alongside his two brothers, James and Dan. Originally known as Hope-Harvey, then Majestic Radios, in 1931 the name was changed to J.P. Rooneys.

In 1933, the team morphed into the Pittsburgh Pirates when Rooney paid the $2,500 franchise fee and brought NFL football to the Steel City. Several of the J.P. Rooney players joined the roster of the city's new professional football team. In 1940, the team name was changed to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Art Rooney, who in his later years was affectionately known to Pittsburghers as "The Chief," was one of the premier quarterbacks on the Western Pennsylvania sandlot circuit in the 1920s. He and his brother Dan were also members of the Pittsburgh Lyceum football team in 1924, pictured below. In 1964, Art Rooney was elected into the National Football League Hall of Fame.

Pittsburgh Lyceum Football Club - 1924

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