Category Archives: Pirates

September 01, 2012

Jim O’Brien: Blass blessed to be still living the dream

Blass blessed to be still living the dream By Jim O’Brien, Columnnist, Pittsburgh Business Times Steve Blass says he is blessed by the gods of baseball.  He fell in love with the game as a kid in Caanan, Conn., and found a way to make it his life’s work. “Of course, … Read Article →

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August 21, 2012

Jim O’Brien: Pittsburgh fans can look forward to winning seasons this fall

Jim O’Brien: Pittsburgh fans can look forward to winning seasons this fall Pittsburgh sports author and Valley Mirror columnist Jim O’Brien Since you asked, here are my thoughts about our favorite teams for this season.          I think the Pirates will post a winning season, and that’s a giant step … Read Article →

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July 27, 2012

Jim O’Brien: Just enjoy the games as they are played

Jim O’Brien: Just enjoy the games as they are played: Pittsburgh sports author and Valley Mirror columnist Jim O’Brien This is a great time to be a sports fan in Pittsburgh.          The Pirates have been playing so well and have created so much excitement in the city over their … Read Article →

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July 19, 2012

John Mehno: The Best Pittsburgh Sports Arguments book

John Mehno: First, I know the book has been out a while, but can you tell readers what inspired you to write The Best Pittsburgh Sports Arguments book? I was approached by the publisher, Sourcebooks. They had done books on New York, Chicago and Boston and were expanding the series. … Read Article →

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July 18, 2012

Charlie Wilmoth, Editor of BucsDugout.com

Charle Wilmoth, Editor of BucsDugout.com First, where can readers find your work, and how did you get started writing on the Pirates? My work is at http://bucsdugout.com and http://pittsburgh.sbnation.com. I started writing about the Pirates in 2004. I was trying to quit rooting for the Pirates and I couldn’t, so … Read Article →

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July 06, 2012

Jim O’Brien: Gibson, Grays and ‘Gridiron Glory’ headline Heinz History Center calendar

Jim O’Brien:  Gibson, Grays and ‘Gridiron Glory’ headline Heinz History Center calendar Pittsburgh sports author and Valley Mirror columnist Jim O’Brien  Josh Gibson and the Homestead Grays and ‘Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame” will be featured in exhibitions at the Senator John Heinz History … Read Article →

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June 25, 2012

O’Brien: She knew Homestead and the Grays

She knew Homesteadand the Grays Pittsburgh sports author and Valley Mirror columnist Jim O’Brien I met a wonderful woman last week at the Heinz History Center. Dolores Redwood is a spry 97-year-old treasure, with bright eyes and champagne-colored smooth skin, a quick wit and a memory that would be envied … Read Article →

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June 06, 2012

Jim Rooker, Pirates Pitcher 1973-1980, Broadcaster 1981-1993

Jim Rooker: First, can you let readers know about your books you’ve published – what got you into writing children’s stories and how you got started? When I was a part-owner of Rooks restaurant in Pittsburgh, my partner and I rotated working at the restaurant so I would fly back and … Read Article →

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May 21, 2012

Jim O’Brien: Spending Weekend with Steelers and Pirates

O’Brien: Spending weekend with Steelers and Pirates Pittsburgh sports author and Valley Mirror columnist Jim O’Brien It was a wonderful extended weekend, with temperatures into the 70s each day, as good as it gets in May inPittsburgh.  I spent time at three different venues with some of my favorite people … Read Article →

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May 15, 2012

Jim O’Brien: These Pirates of the past part of special times

O’Brien: These Pirates of the past part of special times Pittsburgh sports author and Valley Mirror columnist Jim O’Brien A youngster with the wonderful name of Nicholas Nottingham sends me e-mails from time to time. I met him at a book fair at the Greenville Library last fall. He’s on … Read Article →

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