web analytics
September 30, 2014 / 6 Tishri, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



The Glories Of Pittsburgh

On one of those cable financial stations the other day, one of the talking heads was explaining the concept of “Mancations.”

 

“Men leave their wives home and visit another city and usually see a ballgame as part of their itinerary,” the talking head said.

 

Well, I’ve been doing that for a couple of years. I’ll tell you about my latest “Mancation.” Of course, we have permission from our wives, who’d rather shop in Boro Park or see people in Lakewood. We men are usually gone two nights as that gives us enough time to experience our destination.

 

We decided on Pittsburgh for our latest trip. It was an almost five-and-a-half hour trip from Detroit but more than worth it. Pittsburgh is a great city to visit.

 

We left on a Sunday morning and made it to PNC Park, the home of the Pirates, in time to see the afternoon game. The ballpark may be the nicest in the major leagues. Located just a couple of steps from the Allegheny River, PNC Park offers great views of boaters, bridges and buildings.

 

   After the game we trekked across the Roberto Clemente Bridge (open to foot traffic only on game days) to the downtown district, which is sort of a mini-lower Manhattan. We walked pretty much in a straight line through downtown and exited on the Monongahela River side (less than a mile) and walked over the Smithfield Bridge to take a boat ride. We agreed it was like walking over a bridge from New Jersey to lower Manhattan and crossing another bridge to Brooklyn.

 

The one-hour sightseeing boat took us on the two aforementioned rivers as well as the Ohio River, which borders the tip of downtown and morphs into the other rivers. Pittsburgh, we were told, has over 400 bridges, the most of any city in the world.

 

We chose a hotel in the university district about ten minutes from downtown and ten minutes down Forbes Avenue to the Orthodox community of Squirrel Hill. There are a couple of good kosher eateries on Murray Avenue and we also sampled the shuls and kollel nearby.

 

While we dined on Murray Avenue, a nice fellow recognized me from my column photo and introduced himself. Jesse Salem and his Mrs., knowledgeable baseball fans, were visiting from New York, where the mister deals in home furnishings out of West 33rd street in Manhattan.

 

In a beautiful park-like atmosphere, surrounded by buildings that make up the University of Pittsburgh, you’ll find the outline and remnant of the outfield wall of Forbes Field, the storied old home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

 

PNC Park on the other side of the Allegheny River from downtown Pittsburgh

 

 

Built in 1909 by Barney Dreyfuss, the Jewish owner of the Pirates, Hall of Famers from Honus Wagner to Roberto Clemente plied their trade there. Hank Greenberg finished his career with the Pirates in 1947 and became a tutor and friend to upcoming slugger Ralph Kiner. Dreyfuss named his ballpark Forbes Field because of the famous avenue that ran from downtown past the exterior of the third base side and into Squirrel Hill.

 

Today, home plate of the old ballpark is embedded in the floor, covered by Plexiglass and plainly visible in the Wesley Posvar Hall of the University of Pittsburgh. A few feet away are rest rooms, drinking fountains and benches. A great place for a rest stop.

 

   Outside the building you’ll find gardens and the actual vine-covered wall that Ralph Kiner hit balls off and over. The centerfield portion still retains its 453-foot marker and the flagpole, a few feet in front of the wall is in its original spot. Red bricks embedded in the sidewalk show the outline of the rest of the outfield wall and a plaque marks the spot where Bill Mazeroski hit his World Series ending home run in 1960 against the Yankees of Casey Stengel.

 

Schenley Park behind the wall and adjoining Forbes Avenue is where you’ll see beautiful old college buildings and Pittsburgh’s fine museums. The Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History is one of a kind and only a short ride from Squirrel Hill’s shuls and eateries.

 

So if you want to visit a thriving city rich with baseball and history and architectural splendor, go to Pittsburgh. And it doesn’t have to be a “Mancation.” Women will find Pittsburgh worth a visit, too.

 

 

 

Irwin Cohen headed a national baseball publication for five years and earned a World Series ring while working for a major league team. To read his illustrated autobiography on how he made it to the baseball field, send a check payable to Irwin Cohen for $19.95 to 25921 Stratford Place, Oak Park, Michigan, 48237.Cohen, the president of the Detroit area’s Agudah shul, may be reached in his dugout at irdav@sbcglobal.net.

About the Author: The author of 10 books, Irwin Cohen headed a national baseball publication for five years and interviewed the legendary Hank Greenberg. He went on to work for a major league team and became the first Orthodox Jew to earn a World Series ring. He can be reached in his Detroit area dugout at irdav@sbcglobal.net.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “The Glories Of Pittsburgh”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Jews Against Genocide mimicked and blasphemed the ALS Ice Bucket  Challenge with their anti-Israel "Blood Bucket Challenge."
‘Jews Against Genocide’ Take ‘Blood Bucket Challenge’ at Yad Vashem [video]
Latest Sections Stories
Mindy-092614-Choc-Roll

I should be pursuing plateaus of pure and holy, but I’m busy delving and developing palatable palates instead.

Schonfeld-logo1

Brown argues that this wholehearted living must extend into our parenting.

Twenties-092614-Abrams

If we truly honor the other participants in a conversation, we can support, empathize with, and even celebrate their feelings.

Twenties-092614-OU-Mission

I witnessed the true strength of Am Yisrael during those few days.

She writes intuitively, freely, and only afterwards understands the meaning of what she has written.

“I knew it was a great idea, a win-win situation for everyone,” said Burstein.

Not knowing any better, I assumed that Molly and her mother must be voracious readers.

“I would really love my mother-in-law …if she weren’t my mother-in-law.”

For each weekly reading, Rabbi Grysman begins with a synopsis of the Torah portion, followed by a focus on a major issue.

It’s Rosh Hashanah. A new year. Time for a fresh start. Time for a new slate. Time for change.

Governor Rick Scott visited North Miami Beach/Aventura on the morning of Wednesday, September 17.

While the cost per student is higher than mainstream schools, Metzuyan Academy ESE is a priceless educational opportunity for children with special needs in South Florida.

Challah-pa-looza helped get the community ready and excited about the upcoming Jewish New Year.

Miami businessman and philanthropist Eli Nash had many in tears as he shared his story of the horrific abuse he suffered from age 8 to 11.

More Articles from Irwin Cohen
War hero Lou Brissi’s card was a much-sought-after one in Topps’s inaugural 1952 collection.

Many former baseball players who left us with happy memories also passed away in the past year.

Derek Jeter

“No kid is worth a million dollars to sign,” Newhouser said, “but if one kid is, it’s this kid.”

Zimmer was popular with veteran teammates like Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snider – and with a rookie lefthander named Sandy Koufax.

I’m sure readers noticed those full-page advertisements that ran prior to last month’s meeting about the situation at the Brooklyn home of Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Lieff, rav of Agudas Yisroel Bais Binyomin. Avrohom chaired the even along with his brother Menachem, a prominent askan and the president of Lubicom.

I spoke twice during Pesach. The first topic was the Holocaust and Jewish ballplayers and the second was how I, a frum-from-birth Jew, ended up in major league baseball.

Even if a player reaches the big league level, there’s still no guarantee he’ll remain with one team for long. Former Jewish outfielder Richie Scheinblum comes to mind.

The snow has melted in most parts of the country and here in Florida, where I have my winter dugout in the Orthodox enclave of Century Village in West Palm Beach, I had the opportunity to take in several spring training games.

If you’re visiting spring training sites, Arizona has two advantages – fewer games are rained out and the facilities are much closer to each other than is the case in Florida.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/sports/the-glories-of-pittsburgh/2011/08/10/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: