Buc to Good: The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumph of Being...and Staying...a Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Through the '90s and 2000's

Buc to Good: The Trials, Tribulations, and Triumph

Everyone knows the story on the surface. The Pittsburgh Pirates suffer a heartbreaking defeat in Game 7 of the 1992 National League Championship Series – the infamous Sid Bream game – and go on to plummet into what became the longest streak of consecutive losing seasons in major professional sports history before finally making it back to the playoffs in dramatic fashion in 2013.But for the segment of folks who continued to identify themselves as Pirates fans throughout the two-decade journey to redemption, seeing their belief that winning baseball would again be played in Pittsburgh one day come to fruition represents an entirely different story. It’s a story of perpetual optimism, of loyalty, and of loving a team like family.Buc to Good: The Trials, Tribulations and Triumph of Being...and Staying...a Pittsburgh Pirates Fan Through the ‘90s and 2000’s is the story of these fans, as told by one of them. From the low of the ‘92 NLCS loss, to the “didn’t think it could get any worse” years that followed, to the euphoria of the ‘13 Wild Card Game, Buc to Good touches all the bases on each true Pirates fan’s emotional ride to seeing their team return to prominence.If you're one of these die-hard Pirates fans, scroll up and click 'Buy Now' to share in the stor...


The Chicken Runs at Midnight: A Daughter's Message from Heaven That Changed a Father's Heart and Won a World Series

The Chicken Runs at Midnight: A Daughter's Message

One of the most inspirational stories of sports and faith ever told, The Chicken Runs at Midnight introduces us to a Major League baseball coach whose dying daughter's words changed his heart for good - and reached him in a surprising way through a World Series sign from heaven.As a Major League Baseball coach, Rich Donnelly was dedicated, hardworking, and successful. But as a husband and father, he was distant, absent, and a failure. He'd let baseball take over his life, and as a result his family suffered. That is, until one day his daughter called with harrowing news."Dad, I have a brain tumor, and I'm sorry." These words from his seventeen-year-old daughter, Amy, turned his world upside-down. Now, more than ever, he was determined to put his family first.The time they spent together in the months before her death will be treasured and remembered forever, but especially the inside joke that became a catchphrase for the Donnelly family as well as the Pittsburgh Pirates team that played in the National League Championship Series that year: "The chicken runs at midnight."This book shares the heartwarming story behind the odd catchphrase - and how it still lives on as a symbol for never giving up—and proves that God can work in the life of any person, even through their mistak...


The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Pittsburgh Pirates: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Pittsburgh Pirates History

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Pittsburgh

Genuine fans take the best team moments with the less than great, and know that the games that are best forgotten make the good moments truly shine. This monumental book of the Pittsburgh Pirates documents all the best moments and personalities in the history of the team, but also unmasks the regrettably awful and the unflinchingly ugly. In entertaining—and unsparing—fashion, this book sparkles with Pirates highlights and lowlights, from wonderful and wacky memories to the famous and infamous. Such moments include the final homerun hits of the 1960 World Series by Hal Smith and Bill Mazeroski as well as the drug scandal of the early 1980s. Whether providing fond memories, goose bumps, or laughs, this portrait of the team is sure to appeal to the fan who has been through it all.

  • ASIN: 1572439823

Final Touch Gifts Pittsburgh Pirates Crystal Heart Charm

Final Touch Gifts Pittsburgh Pirates Crystal Heart

Jewelry beads and charms are designed to fit most European large hole bead bracelet lines. Charms, beads, jewelry, lockets are not meant to be worn in the shower. They are water resistant not waterproof Charm is water resistant, NOT water proof.

  • Brand: Final Touch Gifts

Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes in the History of the Pittsburgh Pirates (The SABR Digital Library Book 46)

Moments of Joy and Heartbreak: 66 Significant Episodes

The Pittsburgh Pirates have a long history, peppered with moments significant both to Pirates fans and Major League Baseball. While the Pirates are recognized as fielding the first all-black lineup in 1971, the 66 games in this book include one of the first matchups in the majors to involve two non-white opening hurlers (Native American and Cuban) in June 1921. We relive no-hitters, World Series-winning homers, and encounter the story of the last tripleheader ever played in major-league baseball. Some of the games are wins; some are losses. All of these essays provide readers with a sense of the totality of the Pirates’ experiences: the joy, the heartbreak, and other aspects of baseball (and life) in between. This book is the work of 37 members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), including JEFF BARTO, JOHN BAUER, ROBERT E. BIONAZ , THOMAS J. BROWN JR., FREDERICK C. (RICK) BUSH, ALAN COHEN, PAUL E. DOUTRICH, DOUG FELDMANN, JEFF FINDLEY, T.S. FLYNN, GORDON J. GATTIE, TOM HAWTHORN, ROCK HOFFMAN, PAUL HOFMANN, MIKE HUBER, JORGE IBER, FRANK ITTNER, MATT KEELEAN, RUSS LAKE, BOB LEMOINE, LEN LEVIN, MARK MILLER, SETH MOLAND-KOVASH, BILL NOWLIN, RICHARD “PETE” PETERSON, STEPHEN PETERSON, RICHARD J. PUERZER, ELIZA RICHARDSON, C. PAUL ROGERS III, HARRY SCHOGER, BLAK...


By John McCollister The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Pittsburgh Pirates: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching M [Hardcover]

By John McCollister The Good, the Bad, &

  • ASIN: B0028IKVSS

Pennant Race: The Classic Game by Game Account of a Championship Season, 1961

Pennant Race: The Classic Game by Game Account

From the author of The Long Season—considered by many to be the greatest baseball book of all time—comes another classic sports memoir by legendary pitcher Jim Brosnan, which chronicles how his team, the Cincinnati Reds, went on to win the 1961 National League pennant.With legendary pitcher Jim Brosnan’s first book, The Long Season, he not only entered the canon of great sports literature, but also redefined it when he returned two years later to write Pennant Race—his memoir of his days playing for the Cincinnati Reds and how the team went from not being taken seriously as a pennant contender to having a shot at the 1961 National League pennant. In Pennant Race, Brosnan—with his trademark wise-guy wit and plain-spoken practicality—once again offers a refreshingly candid alternative to hackneyed baseball mythologizing. Day by day, game by game, Brosnan reveals the real lives of professional ballplayers: their exhilaration and frustration, hope and despair, chronic worry over job security, playful camaraderie, world-weary cynicism, and boyish—if cautious—optimism. Although the Reds would ultimately lose the World Series to the Yankees, for Brosnan and his teammates, this was a winning season. Pennant Race vividly captures a remarkable year in the life of a ball clu...


Sad Riddance: The Milwaukee Braves' 1965 season amid a sport and a world in turmoil

Sad Riddance: The Milwaukee Braves' 1965 season amid

Less than 13 years after baseball's most joyous marriage was consummated, it ended in 1965 with the sport's most acrimonious divorce, as a team, a city, a country and a baseball industry ripped themselves from their moorings. The Milwaukee Braves' accomplishments from 1953-59 were collectively hailed as the "Miracle of Milwaukee," and geographically and economically altered the landscape of major league baseball forever. Then the miracle became a mirage. Attendance plummeted, the team declined, and new ownership bought the franchise with the cynical and ill-concealed intent of moving it to Atlanta. "Sad Riddance" describes the betrothal and the betrayal of Milwaukee by major league baseball, and explores how two entities that in 1965 were about to disappear forever - the "Happy Days" Milwaukee and the once-adored Milwaukee Braves - bade farewell to each other amid the most heated pennant race the National League had experienced in almost 60 years, at a time when the 10 NL teams had a total of 29 future Hall of Famers.The book also examines in detail multiple factors that led to the Braves' record-breaking success in the 1950s, along with the lesser-known elements that contributed to their decline and eventual departure, and the emotions - then and now - felt in 1965 by young peop...

  • ASIN: B01MTU3A7V

Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak

Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End

New York Times BestsellerAfter twenty consecutive losing seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates, team morale was low, the club’s payroll ranked near the bottom of the sport, game attendance was down, and the city was becoming increasingly disenchanted with its team. Big Data Baseball is the story of how the 2013 Pirates, mired in the longest losing streak in North American pro sports history, adopted drastic big-data strategies to end the drought, make the playoffs, and turn around the franchise’s fortunes. Big Data Baseball is Moneyball for a new generation. Award-winning journalist Travis Sawchik takes you behind the scenes to expertly weave together the stories of the key figures who changed the way the Pirates played the game, revealing how a culture of collaboration and creativity flourished as whiz-kid analysts worked alongside graybeard coaches to revolutionize the sport and uncover groundbreaking insights for how to win more games without spending a dime. From pitch framing to on-field shifts, this entertaining and enlightening underdog story closely examines baseball’s burgeoning big data movement and demonstrates how the millions of data points which aren’t immediately visible to players and spectators, are the bit of magic that led the Pirates to finish the 2013 se...

  • Brand: Flatiron Books
  • ASIN: 1250094259

Live Love Pirates Baseball Journal: A lined notebook for the Pittsburgh Pirates fan, 6x9 inches, 200 pages. Live Love Baseball in black and I Heart Pirates in gold. (Sports Fan Journals)

Live Love Pirates Baseball Journal: A lined notebook

Any Pittsburgh Pirates baseball fan who loves to write will enjoy this 6x9-inch 200-page lined journal. The cream-colored pages and gray lines are easier on the eyes than black ink on white paper.Perfect to use as a diary for recording your daily thoughts or to just have a notebook to carry with you at all times. Small enough to fit in a purse or backpack but big enough to last for a long time!Practical and last-minute gift idea for Pittsburgh Pirates fans of any age who like to write ... men, women, boys and girls. Diehard Pirates fans would love to get one of these for any occasion -BirthdayChristmasFather's DayMother's DayAnniversaryGraduationRetirement... or just because!Enjoy hours of writing in this journal with a cover that features the two main colors of your favorite Major League Baseball team. Go Pirates!!Also available with the two colors reversed - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1721086668

  • ASIN: 1721086773

A Season of Daring Greatly

A Season of Daring

Eighteen-year-old Jill Cafferty just made history. Her high school’s star pitcher, she is now the first woman drafted by a major league baseball team. Only days after her high school graduation, she’ll join the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Class A Short Season team . . . but not everyone is happy to have her there. On top of the pressure heaped on every pitcher, Jill must deal with defying conventions and living up to impossible expectations, all while living away from home for the first time. She’ll go head-to-head against those who are determined to keep baseball an all-male sport. Despite the reassurance of coaches and managers alike, a few of her teammates are giving her trouble. The media presence following her at each game is inescapable. And to top it all off, Jill is struggling with the responsibilities of being a national hero and a role model for young women everywhere. How can she be a role model when she’s not even sure she made the right choice for herself? Didn’t baseball used to be fun?This literary and engrossing story of a young woman trying to mark out a place for herself in a male-dominated world will captivate fans of Friday Night Lights, The Art of Fielding, John Corey Whaley, and Laurie Halse Anderson.

  • ASIN: B01G1G48Y0

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  • ASIN: 1531655491

MLB Pittsburgh Pirates Team Logo Swirl Heart Earring Sports Fan Gift

MLB Pittsburgh Pirates Team Logo Swirl Heart Earring

Wide charms dangle logo, nickel free. Brand new never been used. Great Gift for any sports fan.Great accessory to wear on a Game day. Support your favourite team league by wearing their logo earring. Fun way to cheer your sports team.

  • Color: Multi-Color
  • Brand: aminco
  • ASIN: B00DU1614A
  • UPC: 763264280945

SUNG916 How I Roll Sushi Gym Drawstring Bags Backpack

SUNG916 How I Roll Sushi Gym Drawstring Bags

Main Compartment With Drawcord Closure For Spacious Storage And Easy Access,Water-resistant Fabric For Durability And To Help Keep Gear Dry

  • Color: White
  • Brand: SUNG916
  • ASIN: B01LZ7ROU2

LOBBO TooLoud I Heart Pirates Mens G-String Underwear Large/XL

LOBBO TooLoud I Heart Pirates Mens G-String Underwear

Show that you love the fearsome sailors known as pirate with this print. These fun printed garments are a great personal touch on you, or as a gift to a friend or loved one! Great for all-year-round too! Colors may differ from image, as each monitor is made and calibrated differently.

  • Color: White
  • Brand: LOBBO
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