Odd Pittsburgh: The Pirates Rich World Series History

Plus: Pittsburgh's oldest restaurant turns 148!

Larry Richert and John Shumway
October 12, 2018 - 2:15 pm

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Original Oyster House celebrates an incredible anniversary and with the World Series right around the corner, John Schalcosky Founder of the Odd, Mysterious and Fascinating History of Pittsburgh takes a look at some of the most incredible Pirates World Series facts!

  • Original Oyster House turns 148:

Original Oyster House is turning 148! Pittsburgh oldest restaurant has been up and running in Market Square since October 12, 1870.  

Part of the Oyster house has been transformed into a “Zombie Bar” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the cult classic movie “Night Of the Living Dead” which was filmed partly in the Oyster House’s basement.

Back in 1870 “You could get oysters for a nickel and beer for a dime,” said Schalcosky.

  • Pirates World Series Anniversaries and little known facts:

Saturday, October 13 will mark the 58th anniversary of one of the most well-known moments in not only Pittsburgh sports history but all of sports history when Bill Mazeroski won the 1960 World Series against the New York Yankees with a walk-off homerun at Forbes Field.

“It’s the only time that a walk-off homerun has ended a game 7 in World Series History,” said Schalcosky. (Joe Carter ended the 1993 World Series with a game 6 walk-off for the Toronto Blue Jays)

Pirates played in first World Series in 1903 that also ended on October 13. Schalcosky say the series was so popular they had to put fans in the outfield and rope them off. If a ball went under the rope a ground-rule triple was given.

“There were 17 ground rule triples during that series,” said Schalcosky. The Pirates did not prevail and lost to Cy Young and the Boston Americans.

The Pirates also sustained a lot of injuries during the series and one player was even committed to a mental institution!

The Pirates would win their first World Series Championship against Ty Cobb and the Detroit Tigers in 1909. It was the first time a World Series had a game 7.

In 1925 The Pirates beat the Washington Senators and became the first team in history to come back from a 3-1 game deficit.  The Bucs would then become the second team to overcome the same deficit in 1979 beating the Baltimore Orioles again after beating them for the franchises 4th Championship in 1971.

In 1927 the Pirates ran into the “Murder’s Row” New York Yankees. The Bucs became the first National League team to be swept in a World Series.

Every Pirates World Series Championship has gone the full 7 games.

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