When I was an eight-year-old Yankee fan, the '60 Pirates and Bill Mazeroski broke my heart. I am only now prepared to forgive and recommend this fine volume which celebrates the colorful and often glorious history of the Pirates.
Whether winning world championships or falling into last place, fielding teams with Hall of Fame players or trotting out bumbling boys of summer, the Pittsburgh Pirates have thrilled, frustrated, and fascinated generations of fans since 1876.
To date, the Pirates have won five World Series and have a total of thirty-six players and managers in the Hall of Fame-including Honus Wagner, Pie Traynor, Lloyd and Paul Waner, Ralph Kiner, Willie Stargell, Roberto Clemente, and Bill Mazeroski.
The Pirates Reader is a tribute to the fans, players, and teams who have forged the franchise's rich history. Richard Peterson has collected the writing of baseball's greatest storytellers and brings to life the players, games, and magical moments for this classic and well-loved team.
Relive the great moments in Pirate history and read about the legendary Hall of Famers who wore the Pirate uniform.
Even the most ardent Pirates fans can discover facts and stories they might not have known. . . .a good read for young and old, especially those who have lived outside the Pittsburgh area for many years and cannot follow the team on a regular basis.
The great World Series moments and great heroes such as Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell are beautifully captured along with periods of drought and transition. Pirates fans and fans of good sports writing will revel in this.
Admirable is the book's commitment to depicting all sides of the team, its highest and even its lowest high points. . . . With its depth and color, the 'Reader' has enough to interest both the casual and the hardcore fan. And with pieces like its reverent final selection, "Band for the Bucs,' which recaps Mazeroski's tremendous, 1960 Series-winning homer, the 'Reader' gives tribute to the team's more glorious moments and makes even the most disappointed fan realize that this season really could be the one that turns the team around. Anything's possible.
From Traynor to Waner to Haddix, from Clemente to Stargell to Mazeroski, from five World Series titles to the notorious drug trials of 1985, this collection is entertaining and enlightening . . . championship caliber.
A terrific volume—an absolute must-read for anyone who remembers the pleasure of listening to Bob Prince and Jim Woods describe Pirates games on the radio on warm summer days. . . . a rare baseball book in that fans of every age are certain to find something of interest and enjoyment.
A sensational collection . . . evoking emotion, and celebrating tradition.
Richard “Pete” Peterson is the author and editor of several baseball books, including The Pirates Reader, Growing Up With Clemente, Pops: The Willie Stargell Story, and Extra Innings: Writing on Baseball. He is coeditor (with David Shribman) of 50 Great Moments in Pittsburgh Sports. A Pittsburgh native, Peterson is professor emeritus of English at Southern Illinois University.