The Buccos are in the playoffs for the first time in more than 20 years, and now fans will have a chance to get up close and personal with some of the greats from the Pirates’ past.
Former pitcher Steve Blass, now a broadcast announcer for the Pirates, will be greeting fans from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Market District in Pine.
Former Pirates catcher Manny Sanguillen also will be appearing from 12 to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Giant Eagle along Route 19 in Cranberry.
Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960, Blass pitched two complete games wins in the 1971 World Series. He finished second in the voting for World Series MVP behind teammate Roberto Clemente.
In 2012, he released his memoirs, A Pirate for Life. The autobiography details his struggles with “Steve Blass Disease” and his time as a color commentator for the Pirates.
A close friend of Clemente, Sanguillen was part of the world champion 1971 Pirates and named to the All-Star team three times, in 1971, 1972 and 1975.
He today operates the Manny's BBQ concession stand at PNC Park and often poses for photos and signs autographs for fans.