The Steel City 500: A Decidedly Subjective Ranking of the Greatest Athletes to Ever Play on Pittsburgh's Diamonds, Gridirons, Rinks, RingsPaperback
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- Publisher: Createspace
- Format: Paperback | 524 pages
- Dimensions: 178mm x 254mm x 27mm | 898g
- Publication date: 17 January 2013
- ISBN 10: 1478208287
- ISBN 13: 9781478208280
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
We're gathered here: To select and celebrate the Steel City 500, the greatest athletes in Western Pennsylvania history. A few notes of explanation as you're getting your beer and preparing to argue with the choices. First, in the case of team sports, we're limiting our picks to those who competed here at either the collegiate or professional level. That same rule doesn't hold true for individual sports (more on that in a minute). Therefore, of our great legacy of NFL quarterbacks like Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Joe Montana and Dan Marino, only Marino qualifies for inclusion on the Steel City 500 list (No. 20), based upon his exploits at the University of Pittsburgh. Likewise, Donora's Stan "The Man" Musial doesn't crack the list, despite being one of the 20 greatest baseball players of all time, because he unfortunately never played for the Pittsburgh Pirates. For us, high-school athletics paled in comparison, so we chose to identify those who competed at a higher level. (However, we'e not nuts, so we included a separate listing of great athletes who hailed from but never played...