Museum has Pirates history on display

PITTSBURGH – The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Heinz History Center is celebrating the first Pittsburgh Pirates baseball playoff run since 1992 with a “buy one, get one” admission for any visitor wearing Pirates apparel through the end of the playoff run.

The 20,000 square-foot, two-floor Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum features a large baseball section and captures iconic moments in Pittsburgh sports history through hundreds of artifacts, more than 70 hands-on interactives, and 20 audio-visual programs.

From the team’s humble beginnings as the “Alleghenys” to hosting the first World Series in 1903, learn about the early years of Pittsburgh baseball and see rare artifacts such as Hall of Famer Honus Wagner’s 1911 Sporting Life baseball card and 1938 coach’s uniform.

Step back in time with a 40-foot, two-story mural depicting Forbes Field as it looked during the seventh game of the 1960 World Series along with seats from the original ballpark and a ticket from the first game played at Forbes Field on June 30, 1909.

Strike a pose next to a life-like museum figure of Pirates Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski hitting his legendary game-winning home run in the seventh game of the 1960 World Series.

See the pitching rubber from which New York Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry served up the historic round-tripper to Maz.

View game-used jerseys and equipment from Pirates Hall of Famers such as Roberto Clemente’s helmet and Willie Stargell’s glove and signed ball from the 1979 championship season. See how many Hall of Famers you can pick out among the large selection of baseball cards in the Champions Gallery.

Try your hand holding bats from Pirate greats, hear audio clips by Pittsburgh’s legendary announcers such as Bob Prince and Lanny Frattare and learn about Three Rivers Stadium as part of a touch-screen interactive. The Sports Museum has a five-screen overture video featuring the best moments and players in Pittsburgh sports history.

See game-worn jerseys and get an inside look at the lockers of current Pirates Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen.

The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum is included with regular admission to the Heinz History Center, which is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors age 62 and, $6 for students and children age 6-17 and free for children age 5 and under.

For information on the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, visit www.heinzhistorycenter. org.