From Connie Mack to Danny Murtaugh: Irish-Americans in Pittsburgh Baseball

May 3, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Mt. Lebanon Public Library
16 Castle Shannon Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15228

Colleen Hroncich and Richard “Pete” Peterson will discuss Irish-Americans in Pittsburgh baseball. Colleen is the granddaughter of legendary Pirates manager Danny Murtaugh and the author of The Whistling Irishman: Danny Murtaugh Remembered. Pete is the co-author of The Slide: Leyland, Bonds and the Star-Crossed Pittsburgh Pirates and the editor of The Pirates Reader.

The talk begins with the early days of baseball when Irish-American ballplayers fought to over-come the ethnic stereotype of the drunken hooligan and went on to dominate baseball by the beginning of the twentieth century. The discussion includes Hall-of-Famer Connie Mack—who began his career as a manager—to Danny Murataugh—who led the Pirates to World Series championships in 1960 and 1971.

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This talk is in cooperation with the Mt. Lebanon Library.

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