Pud Galvin of the Pittsburgh Burghers, a team of the short-lived Players’ League, was the first baseball player known to have used performance enhancing drugs, which back in those days was an elixir containing monkey testosterone. Also worth noting: nobody really cared that he used it. 
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Pud Galvin of the Pittsburgh Burghers, a team of the short-lived Players’ League, was the first baseball player known to have used performance enhancing drugs, which back in those days was an elixir containing monkey testosterone. Also worth noting: nobody really cared that he used it.

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June 30, 1946: Pittsburgh’s violent demise

Last week we made a wrong turn while exploring a far corner of the vast PG photo archive. Hopelessly lost, we dug our way out through the W, X and Y files. There, we discovered a folder labeled, “World Ends.”

We scratched our mulleted heads. Pittsburgh has always existed in its own time warp. Pop culture, music, fashion — we’re always a decade or two behind. So the Earth was destroyed? And we missed it? No big deal, we decided. Sooner or later we’d hear the news on our transistor radio. That’s how we learned last month about the cancellation of “WKRP in Cincinnati.”

We opened the folder and found a surprise: Five illustrations depicting the demise of Pittsburgh by various (and mostly violent) means. The spectacular illustrations, by staff artist Ralph Reichhold, were published in The Pittsburgh Press “Roto” magazine in the summer of 1946 under the inspired headline, “End of the World.”

A brief story explained that the world “as we know it” was bound to have an end — probably not for a while, the Press assured its readers. But then again, “it could conceivably happen today or tomorrow.”

The feature, inspired by an “end of the world” show at the Buhl Planetarium, offered up five possible methods of destruction:

1) Comet attack. Well, the optimistic writer admitted, this probably wouldn’t end the entire world, just one locality — “Pittsburgh, for example.” Yikes! But don’t spend too much time worrying about an attack by malicious comets. “The chances of it happening in the near future are infinitesimal,” read the Press.

2) The sun grows cold and we become human popsicles. “There could be no escape from this frozen death,” the article noted. Then we glanced at the weather forecast and thought, “Hey, wait a minute.”

3) The sun explodes and fries us all. This method would have the added effect of reducing our entire planet to a cinder. We’re thinking the traffic jam at the Squirrel Hill Tunnel would survive. It survives all.

4) Break-up of the moon. We consider this the most creative idea: The moon decides to get a bit closer to the earth. Earth’s gravity tears the moon apart. Chunks of the moon crash down on the ‘Burg. Quite possibly several hundred of us could survive by seeking shelter in that monstrous pothole on Ft. Pitt Boulevard near Market Street.

5) Atomic warfare. This scenario certainly was the most terrifying — and probable. One day after publication of Reichhold’s illustrations, the United States detonated its first atomic weapon since the bombing of Nagasaki. Readers of the Press on July 1 were presented with a front-page picture of a mushroom cloud over Bikini Atoll.

Top illustration: A comet attack levels the Wabash Bridge. (Illustration by Ralph Reichhold/The Pittsburgh Press)

— Steve Mellon 

This is awesome.

A few weeks ago, my parents and I were looking through their attic and we came across a tattered little red book that was mixed in with some of my grandmother’s things. The inside cover read, “School Memories, 1933.” 
The book looks like something that all students at St. Augustine’s in Lawrenceville kept back then. One section includes poems from friends. Some are religious, some are personal, some are cliche, and some are downright impressive. This one, though, was from my great aunt Ann who would have been 14 at the time, just a year older than my grandmother:

"Love is like
an onion.
You bite into it with
delight
And then you stop and wonder
Just why you took that bite.

Your friend, your sister,
Ann”

A few weeks ago, my parents and I were looking through their attic and we came across a tattered little red book that was mixed in with some of my grandmother’s things. The inside cover read, “School Memories, 1933.” 

The book looks like something that all students at St. Augustine’s in Lawrenceville kept back then. One section includes poems from friends. Some are religious, some are personal, some are cliche, and some are downright impressive. This one, though, was from my great aunt Ann who would have been 14 at the time, just a year older than my grandmother:

"Love is like

an onion.

You bite into it with

delight

And then you stop and wonder

Just why you took that bite.

Your friend, your sister,

Ann”

"The Old Game" by Donald Hall

The old game waits under the white,

Deeper than frozen grass.
Down at the frost line it waits
To return when the birds return
.
It starts to wake in the South,
Where it’s never quite stopped.

Where winter is a doze of hibernation,

The game wakes gradually
,
Fathering vigor into itself.


As the days lengthen in late February
And grow warmer, old muscles grow limber.

Young arms grow strong and wild
,
Clogged vein systems, in veteran oak and left fielders both
,
Unstop themselves
,
Putting forth leaves and line drives in Florida’s March.

Migrating North with the swallows,
Baseball and the grasses’ first green,

Enter Cleveland , Kansas City, Boston.

Pitchers and catchers report to Bradenton today.

Ralph Kiner dies at 91 
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Ralph Kiner dies at 91 

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1950: "Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School on Troy Hill"

In four months, Troy Hill will no longer be home to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School.

This fall, the school will begin a new era in a location 20 miles north, inside a $72 million facility in Cranberry. The building will be able to accommodate up to 1,000 students — almost five times the current enrollment — and it’s located to help attract students from the city’s northern suburbs.

The Troy Hill building opened in 1939. Three years later an annex was added. A 1942 photo captured several dozen priests overseeing its dedication.

The building and the school are notable because of the big names that studied there — or students who later became big names. Pittsburgh Steelers Chairman Dan Rooney graduated from the school in 1950. Other notable alumni include former CIA Director Michael Hayden and former Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl — a quarterback, free safety, kicker, punter and infielder for the Trojans in football and baseball.

In 1973, North Catholic High School (as it was known until May 2012) became coeducational.

But it might have remained for boys only, since the reform was met with opposition that year. Students protested outside the Pittsburgh Diocese’s office on March 7. Inside, two students met with John T. Cicco, Catholic schools superintendent, to argue for a merger. Cicco was resistant, saying coeducation would come “eventually.”

In the end, students’ determination and the closing of the all-female St. Domenec helped force the change, which the diocese announced 20 days after the protest. Female students were allowed to attend that fall, though gym classes remained separate.

There were architectural changes that took place in the 1970s, including the 1978 expansion of the gymnasium floor to WPIAL standards. Male and female gym classes could then take place simultaneously, according to a story  in The Pittsburgh Press, but with a curtain in the middle to separate genders.

Right before the school became co-ed, approximately 820 boys were enrolled there. Today, the school’s enrollment is down to 200 students, a number administrators say they want to increase.

— Ethan Magoc

rip my alma mater :-( 

second that.

Jimmy Fallon writes 'Thank You Notes' for Pittsburgh

Post-Gazette to dedicate entire Sports section to A.J. Burnett

I’m convinced Bob Smizik will be writing about A.J. even after he’s started pitching for another team. Seriously, everybody cool out.

As seen on Parks and Rec

As seen on Parks and Rec

First class at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Can you spot Honus?
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First class at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Can you spot Honus?

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