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This week in Pittsburgh Sports History

A look back at events that you’ve either forgotten about or never heard of in the first place

This week in Pittsburgh Sports History
CP photo by Jake Mysliwczyk
Evgeni Malkin

Oct. 26, 1984

The Pittsburgh Maulers of the United States Football League (USFL) fold after just one season. The Maulers went 3-11. The main reason for the shutdown is the USFL’s decision to switch to a fall schedule for the 1985 season. Rather than fighting a losing battle trying to compete with the Steelers, the Maulers close up shop.

Oct. 27, 1948

Pittsburgh Pirates manager Billy Meyer is named Manager of the Year.

Oct. 28, 1992

Pirates manager Jim Leyland wins National League Manager of the Year honors. This also marks the end of the Pirates’ last winning season for 20 years.

Oct. 28, 2006

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby nets his first career hat trick.

Oct. 30, 1975

Although he’s been the voice of the Pirates since 1948, the “Gunner,” Bob Prince, is fired by KDKA. The relationship between Prince and the station had become contentious in the late 1960s. Both Prince and his color commentator, Nellie King, were released. 

Oct. 31, 2004

The underdog Pittsburgh Steelers hold the New England Patriots to six rushing yards on the way to a 34-20 victory at Heinz Field. The game was the first loss for the Pats since the third week of the 2003 NFL season. The two teams would play again in the AFC Championship, with the Patriots winning 41-27.

Nov. 1, 2006

Penguins rookie Evgeni Malkin does what no other NHL player has done in 90 years when he scores a goal in each of his first six games.