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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

click to enlarge Rabbit Maranville
Rabbit Maranville

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

July 20, 1969

Ed O’Neill, known by millennials for his work as Jay on Modern Family and by Gen Xers as Al Bundy on Married with Children, was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to a story on, O’Neill went to drown his sorrows in a local bar. That was the same day that American astronauts landed on the moon. O’Neill told the website that he remembers thinking, “Well, at least someone is having a good day.”

July 21, 1923  

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Boston Braves in a double header, 14-4 and 6-4. Pie Traynor had a great game with a home run and five hits. But the star of the game was Rabbit Maranville (pictured), not because he had three hits, scored three times and had two RBI. But because his name is Rabbit Maranville, quite possibly the greatest name in MLB history.

July 21, 1982

Pirates legend Willie Stargell hits the final home run of his great career, No. 475, against Cincinnati.

July 21, 2003

Pirate Matt Stairs hits a home run into the Allegheny River, becoming the first player to do it twice.

July 22, 1910

During a game at Brooklyn against the Dodgers, Pirates pitcher, yes pitcher, Deacon Phillipe hits an inside-the-park grand slam.

July 22, 2005

The Pittsburgh Penguins use their first overall draft pick to select Sidney Crosby. Crosby becomes awesome.

July 23, 1991

Carrick resident, former Pirates third baseman and current Pirates broadcaster John Wehner goes 5-5, becoming the first Buccos rookie to do it since Richie Zisk in 1973.

July 24, 1967

Pittsburgh Pirate Lloyd Waner is inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame, making he and his brother Paul, the first brothers to be enshrined.

July 24, 1992

The Pittsburgh Steelers hire athletic trainer Ariko Iso, making her the first female trainer in the NFL.

July 26, 1997

Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Webster is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

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